Nothing much else happened and I went back inside to do some toast; leaving the kitchen door open just in case anything should cause the gulls to get excited. I could hear odd Meadow Pipits passing and a juvenile Sparrowhawk ghosted over the gardens - Blue Tits and Robins sounding the alarm. And that was about it until the sun burned through and the heat intensified; the first Common Buzzard drifted north - north-east at 10.45hrs and was the start of a rather hectic ninety minutes. I checked that Bev was OK before heading off for a quick circuit of the farm.
|The first of, at least 9 - possibly 13, Common Buzzards that I recorded over|
Newland's Farm today
|Wheatear on the piled earth beside the new excavations at Ellington Girls School|
Two more Wheatears were backed up by a couple of single Buzzards before I discovered a group of five thermalling over Broadstairs, some distance to the north. It was proving to be a good morning. I checked out a few other areas, with little result, before returning home. I made it out into the back garden, ringing Gadget to see if he'd had any more buzzards? As I was doing so three more appeared over the garden, however, all was not as it first appeared - one of them was an Osprey! The second patch tick of the morning.
|High up in the murky haze, in the company of two Common Buzzards.|
One of those regular Thanet visitors that had avoided detection on my patch for
fourteen years. It's in the bag now!
|More of the same - a great day to be on holiday|