21.09.21 Honey Buzzard IV

A clear day with a light easterly breeze.

A run of the mill morning, with c250 Meadow Pipit moving east with the odd 1 or 2 of Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit mixed in, c40 Chiffchaff, c20 Common Whitethroat, c10 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler on the ground. A single Marsh Harrier went far out to sea at 08.00hrs. A moderate passage of hirundines occurred throughout the day with a late Swift seen at 11am.

At 10:30 I joined SL for a skywatch at the old trapping area and we were joined intermittently by a few other locals. Simon and I finished up at 15.00hrs. Star prize came at 14.50hrs when a dark juvenile Honey Buzzard appeared over East Dean with c3 Common Buzzard, although always distant some decent scope views were had and terrible record pics obtained! My 4th of the autumn and to my knowledge, the 5th for the site overall.

In addition a further 4 Marsh Harrier were seen (including two together), 2 + Hobby, 1 Merlin, c5 Kestrel, Peregrine, 15+ Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk and a Short-eared Owl.

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