Thursday, October 21, 2010

Beautiful buteo.....

Had a few hours around the patch this afternoon and managed to find a superb Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard watched hunting the fields between Worlaby and Bonby Carrs.It gave excellent views in perfect light conditions and allowed a  perfect chance to study the birds id features,how differant these birds look to Common Buzzard,with their sleeker,longer winged profile,a proper stunner!!.Unfortunately it was lost to view over Wrawby Moor after being watched for about an hour,see record shots by Graham Catley at of the bird.This is the second bird i have managed to find on my patch in 2 years,after another Juvenile on the 2nd January 2009 and is the 3rd bird i have seen overall,after the famous Juv that wintered in 2002/03.Other goodies seen today included a cracking Juv female Hen Harrier,adult female Merlin and 11 Common Buzzard.I also recorded my first winter flock of Fieldfare today,with 68 being seen.Non-bird sightings included a single Common Darter hanging on.A cracking 4 hours out today.

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