Friday, 23 February 2007

Bird news

Friday, 23rd February
  • A large number of (unseen) siskins heard calling in the pines north-west of the osprey building at lunch today - a bird conspicuous by its scarcity thus far this winter (Mark Ward)
  • 10:45. Nice views of a buzzard low over the front of the house before flying away over the Yew Tree Car Park (Planning and Regional Policy Team)
  • Morning: 2 buzzards flying about over the edge of the quarry (Katie Fuller, Ellen Collier, Mark Ward)
Thursday, 22nd February
  • 13:20pm. Red Kite low over the tall tree and pines across from transport. Only glimpsed briefly before it drifted away over the quarry and out of site but forked tail quite unmistakeable. (Carl Simms)
  • A Red Kite from the front of the House at 1.15 added some interest to an interviewing session (Graham White)
  • 1 red kite from my window, which drifted over the stable block and then down over the quarry (Sally Webber, Steven Roddy and Mairi Dupar)
  • Emmelina monodactyla (plume moth) at Osprey porch (Nigel Willits)
Wednesday, 21st February
  • A peregrine flashed across the quarry this morning at 10:40, scattering five stock doves - which I thought was notable in itself! A little egret came into Warren Villas at lunchtime today as I watched from the Plateau. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Morning: Sparrowhawk displaying and buzzard flying over the quarry edge (Katie Fuller, Mark Ward)
  • Morning: Three buzzards and two kestrels thermalling over the Avocet/quarry car-park (Mark Ward, Katie Fuller, Lucinda King)
Monday, 19th February
  • Muntjac ran across the drive just after 6pm (Nigel Willits)
  • 2 Buzzards over the swimming pool/garden late afternoon, being mobbed (IKD, DFD)
  • Pair of stonechats still in the setaside field opposite the Gatehouse at lunchtime today. Male kestrel hunting overhead, 68 lapwing over south west but best of all, a close encounter with a hare! (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • 3 buzzards circling over the Lodge on Monday lunchtime (Sally Webber, Sue AB)
  • Three buzzards along the southern edge of the Lodge, between the quarry and Stratford Road, at lunchtime (Grahame Madge and Graeme Lyons)
  • Unidentified raptor, almost certainly a peregrine, seen extremely briefly close to the group of three buzzards at lunchtime (Grahame Madge)

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