Saturday, 13 September 2008


On a quick seperate note, yanks did turn up after all- a Red-eyed Vireo and a Western Sandpiper today found in Ireland, so not a bad call in the end-one day out.

This is not Eilat, this is Croydon. Between 1300 and 1500 at least four, possibly five Common Buzzards circled the farm, including three together on one occasion. The bird above looks very fresh with streaking on the breast, a characteristic of juvenile plumage, however eye colour is the best way to age these birds (not visible). Interestingly there was an influx of Honey Buzzards into Norfolk today, so these birds here may have been part of a wider movement of raptors.

A very pale distant Common Buzzard being mobbed by crows. This bird showed an abnormal white uppertail and was strikingly pale.

4-5 Common Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 1 juvenile Redshank, 1 juvenile Ruff, 7 Snipe, 1 juvenile Common Sandpiper, 15+ Swallow flew S, 12 Meadow Pipit flew S, 1 eclipse male Wigeon. 70+ Teal, 10 Gadwall, 40 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe

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