27.08.21 Honey Buzzard

A cool start to the day under clear skies backed by a light NE wind.

I started up top around the pub, after a chilly start the bushes livened up a touch with both Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher in the old trapping area (RB) but low numbers of Willow Warbler (about 12 seen), c20 Common Whitethroat, 3 Whinchat, another 5 Spotted Flycatcher around Belle Tout wood, c45 Yellow Wagtail over and 10+ Tree Pipit some of which were on the deck for a change. Although the real star of the morning came at 08.20 in the shape of a beautiful, female Honey Buzzard. I picked it up low over Belle Tout wood, gaining height then drifting east and unbeknownst to me, simultaneously watched by Matt Eade and his group from above the wood. After a total blank for this species last year it was a pleasing sight. It must have roosted near by, my first early morning record here and goes to show not all interesting raptors appear in the heat of the day. The bird was ringed with both metal and darvic rings but could not be read in the images.


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