Friday, 9 April 2010

CURLEWS remain in valley

A quick stop around the area near Slapton this evening produced a calling EURASIAN CURLEW, displaying Meadow Pipit and an Egret sp which flew over Ivinghoe Aston heading towards Ivinghoe. Most likely a Little but it looked verycompact and broad winged, almost Barn Owl like. It disappeared behind trees in the distance before I had a chance to get the scope on it, so hopefully it was a Little heading back to Wilstone to roost.

Up Pitstone Hill in the half hour before dark, a Corn Bunting was singingalong with 3 Meadow Pipits. A raptor sitting in the middle of the stubblefield next to Down farm looked good for a Merlin through bins but the scoperevealed a male Sparrowhawk unfortunately! Rob Andrews

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