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Sunday, September 20, 2009

20th September

A six species of raptor day.

Honey Buzzard:
a very high dark morph bird glided SW at 1.55pm.
Red Kite: a bird flew west at 2.05pm.
Common Buzzard: one came in low from the NE at 10.55am. It tried to gain height but was mobbed by crows and had to take evasive action, at one point it was no more than 50ft above the ground. After a few minutes it began to out climb the pesky corvids.
Hobby: a bird flew N at 10.30am.
Sparrowhawk: three birds were seen, one was almost certainly a migrant.
Kestrel: one in area 25, making the sixth bird of prey.
House Martin: over four hundred passed through, with a group of over 200 feeding just above the trees and lake for over 45 minutes.
Swallow: one-hundred and sixty passed through, most at a very high altitude.
Meadow Pipit: seven passed through heading north.
Grey Wagtail: one flew SW.
Song Thrush: three birds that were probably from the continent flew NW.
Reed Warbler: one was in the reeds in the wetland pen, area 25.
Lesser Whitethroat: one was in area 30.
Blackcap: Five in area 24.
Chiffchaff: over thirty birds present.

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