After spending the end of last week and the weekend adding roving records from nearby Atlas squares it was nice to be back on patch. I'd borrowed a colleagues camera and gone for a wander without my bins - fatal! I decided to check out an area of set-aside at the back of the strawberry tunnels. Despite it's industrial appearance this area has been quite productive over the winter with Linnets, Meadow pipits and Skylarks all in evidence. I wasn't disappointed today with a flock of 50+ Linnets and 7x Skylarks.
A large raptor caught me off guard as it drifted above me, I thought it was a Buzzard but without my bins couldn't be sure so had to resort to firing off some shots with an unfamiliar camera! The shot below confirmed it was a Common Buzzard which as the name suggests are becoming noticeably common on my patch!