I popped up to the Brewhouse Meadow just before 7.00am to see if the Buzzards were showing. If I had tried later the birds would have been sheltering in the wooded areas as we have got workers pulling up Ragwort. I opened the gates as quietly as possible which is not easy. I was then able to watch from a distance as a juvenile flew from a stand of dead Elm suckers into the long grass. I couldn’t see what it was after so I moved to another viewing area where I was able to see one juv and both parents head towards the wood. The juvenile was a little bit behind them when suddenly a Hobby stooped at him. That made him panic, and it quickly sought cover on the edge of the wood.
It sat here for a while calling, I was slightly surprised when the sound of another juvenile also began to call. This prompted the one I could see to fly off and join the other bird.
I had again driven through Richmond Park on the way to work, to allow me to monitor the Common Terns and to see how all the juvs were doing. The adults were all busy fishing and showing off their trophies, while the juveniles kept to the rafts.