Friday, 14 September 2012

All quiet on the local front

Nothing in Incombe Hole.

The farmer was using cutting wheels on the recently harvested cereal field by the main footpath (he said it is not going to be ploughed but sewn directly onto the surface). However it was attracting quite a lot of birds - Pipits, Skylarks, Finches, Swallows and 2 Wheatears.

From the slope overlooking Pitstone Clay Pit I could see 6 Little Grebe and 33 Canada Geese but I was joined by a Red Kite hunting overhead for about an hour. Hanging in the strong wind and then, in a whiffling action, grabbing something from the ground nearby and eating it in flight above me like a Hobby, all in quite close proximity. That'll go down as a special birding experience!

Sally Douglas

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