Wednesday, 28 September 2011

28th September

Text messages kept comming in today of good raptor numbers moving through Calderdale, so I had a walk up to my watch point for a couple of hours this PM. At least 7 Kestrels were up most of the afternoon, then a sturdy looking Spar went south, a distant Common Buzzard was picked up over Midgley + a falcon that I just couldnt klinch. At first I thought it to be a Hobby because it didnt look any bigger than nearby Kestrels, then I thoiught it to be a small looking male Peregrine, it was just too far away  so best forgotten. Also 20 Lapwings, 2 Siskin east and a few LBBGs. Latter joined by SD and we had a good chat about our favourite subject (raptors) I was shocked to here that there were only 4 pairs of Hen Harriers that bred this year in England (what a disgrace) if there were only 4 pairs of say breeding Otters the country would be in uproar. Its about time that the goverment got on top of this persecusion problem and started dishing out proper fines or long prison terms.
A walk over Roils Head after tea, 1 Chiffchaff still present and 2 Wheatears at High Road Well Moor.

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