So, Spring's properly here. Well, sort of, only it's a bit shit so far. I went local. Local places where I've never been before, looking for suitable farmland and fields for Dotterel near Brough. Didn't find any Dotterel (none) but I didn't really expect to. What I did see though, was a Grey Partridge, several Yellow and literally millions of Pied Wags. Well, not perhaps literally.
Onto the secret site that I visited t'other day but today was sunnier, which promoted thermal properties and therefore promoted raptor potential. It was good. At one point there were 3 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, and 2 Hobbies in the air together! Notice the exclamation mark after that sentence, which some of you may ridicule.
"3 stupid Buzzards, 1 Red Kite and 2 Hobbies? I have to kill better numbers than that just to get to my car in a morning. They're fucking everywhere here in Somerset" said Ian ov Somerset. I agree. In comparison to lots of places it is quite a rubbish haul but you only have to go back 10 years and all three species were scarce, in fact very scarce around here. It's good. It's very good. Raptor numbers = Good. rn=g.
Okay, the Kites are from introduced stock but after quite a few years of successful breeding you can argue that this is a self-sustaining population which in itself is a requisite of being added to the British List, if it wasn't already. Lady A's? Stick 'em right up your jacksy.
A drake Bullfinch bulldozed it's way into a tree, then a Coal Tit hunted insects on a different tree, then as I was leaving, I looked up and saw another Buzzard which appeared to have a short tail. In the end it was just that.
With a short tail.
Pett Level, Pannel Valley NR and Adur Estuary
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