7th October 2015

Buzzards drawn to the plough– travelling back up to Sheffield today, a quick blog on the extraordinary repopulation of Buzzards in East Sussex. My brother-in-law Mike watched 13 buzzards feeding on earthworms and the like as he ploughed one field this week. We went to watch the next day and saw eight at least in a part of England where, when we were all growing up, there were no Buzzards ever seen. There were also flocks of Linnets– far from the path but I managed a photo as they flew. Once they had landed on the ploughed ground, to feed, they were too well camouflaged to see. Conditions: Light showers and sunny intervals, but much warmer than recently. Temperature: Max 15- Min 9c.

Another of the East Sussex Buzzards

One of the East Sussex Buzzards

Linnets were around on the freshly ploughed land but only visible when they flew

Linnets were around on the freshly ploughed land but only visible when they flew

A flock of Linnets in the distance

A flock of Linnets in the distance

One of the 13 Buzzards near Hooe

One of the 13 Buzzards near Hooe

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4th October 2015

Pied Wagtail- this lovely, common wagtail can be seen in many different habitats. My mum’s mum used to call them ‘little clergymen’ because of their black and white patterns. They roost in big numbers in city centres, drawn by the ‘storage heater’ warmth of built-up areas. There is a big roost in the bushes near the Odeon in Sheffield. Here is a Pied Wagtail feasting on insects disturbed by my brother-in-law Mike as he ploughed in East Sussex yesterday. Conditions: Another lovely sunny day, before the rain is due to arrive. Temperature: Max 16- Min 7c.

Mike ploughing yesterday.

Mike ploughing yesterday.

Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

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2nd October 2015

Great White Egret– these relative newcomers, sometimes seen now in the south and east of England, are fascinating to watch fishing. Down in Sussex again, Lynn spotted this one when we were at Rye Harbour RSPB reserve. They run and leap and take off to find and spear their fish or frog meals. About the size of our Grey Herons, they are larger, of course, than Little Egrets and have dark legs, with yellow beaks when young- this must be older, with its black beak. The Great White Egret first bred in the UK in 2012. Conditions: A glorious spell of sunny weather over the last few days. Temperature: Max 17- Min 8c.

Preening after feeding!

Preening after feeding!

They run and pounce after their prey.

They run and pounce after their prey.

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Great White Egret

Great White Egret

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