Sunday, 25 September 2016

My daily visit to Harrington airfield was a little more productive today. The bushes were very quiet and the only warblers I could find were Blackcap and Willow Warbler.  The freshly harvested and ploughed fields were attractive to the birds. There was a decent mixed flock of Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting and Linnet and this in turn attracted a female Merlin who put on a good chase as she tried to catch her breakfast. She perched briefly on a bunker before going off in pursuit once more.   
Other raptors included double figure numbers of Red Kite, numerous Common Buzzard, several Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk enjoying the breezy sunny weather.
The 3 Stonechat remain at Blueberry as well as 2 Whinchat and a cream crown Marsh Harrier.
This afternoon found me loitering in a gateway near Sywell . It was well worth it as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight consisting of a Hurricaine, Spitfire and Lancaster gave an amazing display, quite magnificent.

Regards Eleanor
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