Thursday, March 11, 2010

Brilliant Buteo's....

A visit to the local patch this afternoon for 4 hours saw me enjoying some great views of this cracking species(My favourite bird) and i saw at least 14 individuals with several pairs on their territories and some fantastic aerobatics from the male birds as they displayed with that distinctive rollercoasting,skydancing display flight,impressive stuff for a bird which most people now overlook as common.Other raptors seen today included a couple of Marsh Harriers,an adult female at the nest site and the second a 3rd calendar year male over the eastern fields and at least 4 Kestrel,but no Peregrine,Merlin or Hen Harriers today.Other birds from previous visits included the 5 Whooper Swan towards the Ancholme,1 Barn Owl in the same area and my first multiple sighting of the year of Short-eared Owl,with 2 showing very well along the soak drain.Mammal sightings comprised of 3 Buck Roe Deer,18 Brown Hare and a single Weasel.An enjoyable visit again to this great site!.

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