Saturday, 8 August 2009


Having spent the last week with a flu like bug, I decided to stretch my legs a bit this afternoon and went up to Dead Man's Hill at Sandon near Baldock. While there I met a few other birders, including Mick Illet and Ray Hooper.
Over the course of nearly three hours we were entertained by four Red Kites, up to three juvenile Marsh Harriers, numerous Buzzards, one Hen harrier, several Kestrel and Hobby, and one Sparrowhawk. Unfortunately, the male Montague's Harrier did not show for us, although it was apparently seen while we were there, and the Peregrine was not seen either.
There were a lot of Swallows flying around, as well as several finch/bunting flocks, most of which seemed to consist of Linnet and Yellowhammer. There were also a number of Red Legged Partridge and Pheasant, but no Quail.

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