Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Blue Skies Smilin' At Me

Nothin' but blue skies do I see.

Well almost nothing. A Buzzard came in from the North-west and headed towards the Lockwood, in doing so it put up scores of roosting Gulls and c.300 Corvids (I didn’t know we had that many in the vicinity!) A few of the latter chased it round and round before it retreated back North.
A large female Peregrine flew in without attracting any attention, perhaps they were all worn out harassing the Buzzard or more likely feared the wrath of a quick Falcon in contrast to the soft target of a slow Buteo. The Peregrine flew up onto one of the Pylons North of the Lockwood for a bit but later went off hunting to the East.

A few sightings of Kestrel and Sparrowhawk didn’t make up for the lack of any large soaring Birds. Later another Buzzard appeared over the ‘ArcelorMittal Orbit’ that’s the hideous sculpture by the Olympic stadium if you don’t know. It thermalled about before going off West.

The only things on the deck were a tired Lapwing sitting on the East bank of the Lockwood a Meadow Pipit that dropped in by my feet and a Wheatear.


There were plenty of Insects moving though, Migrant Hawkers, hawking as they migrated, Red Admirals sailing through and Silver Y’s shimmering on by. I suspect the Indian Summer conditions may bring some decent Birds in but we are probably going to have to wait for it to break down before we can start finding any of them. About 4 days time would be good as I am unavailable till then!
PW

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