Sunday, 12 September 2010

Another wave of OSPREYS at Amwell following 8 reported in spring

Upon arrival at Amwell this morning, Barry Reed told me he had had one OSPREY flying southwest at 7 am. Amazingly, this one was followed by one flying in low from the south, making a tour over Great Hardmead Lake and flying off southwest at 10.30, a more distant one (with a missing primary) at 12:00 flying south, and an even more distant bird flying south at 13:00.

An immature Marsh Harrier flew over at about 10:40 and a Red Kite was seen (shortly) twice. The Hobbies, Sparrowhawks and Buzzards were easier to get to grips with.

There was a reasonable passage of Meadow Pipits, but not too many other small birds (one Yellow Wagtail, one Swift, quite a few fouraging Swallows & House Martins).The goose flock was complemented by a Barnacle and a Bar-headed Goose (Jan Hein Steenis)

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