Wednesday, 27 September 2017

27th September 2017

Early morning was dogged by fog and it wasn't until mid morning when it cleared and the sun came out that we saw some action in the form of a juvenile Honey-buzzard by the monument. It seemed reluctant to depart over the channel and was in view for about 15 minutes. A little earlier, Mike Puxley saw it fly out of the Farm Wood, where it had presumably roosted overnight. It is possible that it was the bird seen at Sandwich the previous afternoon. It eventually gained height and headed off over the Channel.

Honey Buzzard ( Brendan Ryan)

As Jack and I walked up from Hope Point early afternoon, a second Buzzard came across the Big Field and headed out to sea before eventually turning north and heading off towards Kingsdown. initially we thought this was another Honey-buzzard but it proved to be a juvenile Common Buzzard

Common Buzzard ( Brendan Ryan) 
The only other birds of note were three Stonechats, a Wheatear, four Firecrests, 35 Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps and a Reed Warbler. Overhead around 650 Starlings arrived and about 35 Swallows headed south.

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