25.09.21 Osprey and Honey Buzzard.

A cloudy start, clearing into a warm day with a slight SSE breeze.

A relatively quiet day on the ground, 1 Common Redstart, c15 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, a Merlin whizzed past Shooters. I went up to the old trapping area for a skywatch with Richard Butler and James W joining later. At 12.56hrs an Osprey (my 4th of the autumn) headed in at pace over East Dean and without deviation, departed near Birling Gap south into the channel watched until lost to view. At c14.20hrs Richard picked up an interesting raptor coming in over East Dean which, after coming slightly closer, confirmed itself as a dark juvenile Honey Buzzard. It meandered over the headland in the company of two Common Buzzard which at times it sparred with. It then drifted back north west. Like so many large raptors this autumn, it never came close. Pleasingly it was the 5th one I’ve seen here this autumn. Also seen were c8 Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobby, c4 Kestrel, c8 Common Buzzard.

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