Wednesday, 11 March 2009

A Mere Seven Buzzards!

Buzzard (c) 2009 Marcus Conway
Jay (c) 2009 Richard Hampshire
Moorhen (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Common Gull (c) 2009 Michael Flowers

Things were a bit slow to get going today. We'd gone half a mile before Susan spotted her first bird, but I don't think she can have been trying too hard! 2 things stood out - both morning and afternoon groups saw 2 jays, but probably the most surprising sights were the soaring Buzzards. First there was one, then a couple, then a 3rd could be discerned & the more we stared the more we were able to make out. Eventually, we could see seven in the sky at the same time, but it is possible that others had moved out of the frame, by the time the 7 were obvious. Buzzards have been spreading eastwards for several years and reached Hornsea only fairly recently, but to see 7 at this coastal site was unprecedented for me. I've recently learned from the fount of all birding knowledge [James Spencer of Ornithological Idiocy - see links section & then his Twitter comments] that 2 Buzzards are called a kettle, so 7 must be a complete canteen of cutlery, plus the kichen sink! There were plenty of Great Spotted Woodpeckers chasing each other through the sadly depleted trees; whilst there were plenty of randy Goldeneye on the Mere itself. The best visit we've had to Hornsea this season.

1 comment:

James said...

2 are only a kettle if your REALLY optomistic. Otherwise they are called 2 Buzzards :). 7 sounds much more like it!