1st September 2015 – Honey Buzzard

The day started overcast with a brisk NW wind, clearing with showers later.

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Redstart in the pub garden.

A nice start to a new month with most of the headland done on foot. Totals were; 4 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Garden Warbler, c10 Blackcap, c120 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, c25 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Tree Pipit, 5 Meadow Pipit,  c250 House Martin, c100 Swallow, 3 Swift, 6 Siskin, c35 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch. Also 4 Common Sandpiper were on the beach below Cow Gap.

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“The Gully” above Cow Gap, looking back towards Eastbourne.

By late morning it had become quite sunny & warm but this was broken by a rain front edging in from the west. Out of the developing gloom 3 Common Buzzard disended from a great height. As they circled Whitbread Hollow they were joined by a Honey Buzzard. The later of which remained at height drifting off towards the west, following the Common Buzzards. A Marsh Harrier also headed strongly SE and out to sea about 40 minutes after.

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Honey Buzzard.

A rubbish photo but it shows off the whole “tiny head, long tail, broad winged” appearance. I had been looking out for Honey Buzzards as we are in the peak passage time for adults. I was hoping it wouldn’t have been quite so high! Still beggars can’t be choosers and all that.

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