Tuesday, 7 July 2009

7th July 2009

Another late afternoon visit produced little, though along Spring Brook Lane I saw 3 Grey Herons all flying from near the STW, as well as a raptor that I'm pretty sure was a Sparrowhawk (didn't have a great view of it but noted blue-grey upperside, quite thick wings with wingbeats interspersed with glides) - had thought it might've been a Hobby even though the wings suggested otherwise.

However, the wings of another medium-sized raptor that I saw fly over gardens near mine at c. 9:50 pm (just after I got home in late evening) certainly did suggest the falcon, even though I only saw its silhouette for about a second - wings were long and pointed (like a Swift) and so I'm pretty sure it was a Hobby. Surely the time of day and the fact that I've only seen a Kestrel on one occasion in my village ever further helps confirm this ID?

M.P. Griffiths


midlands birder said...

i soppose a hobby is the most likly then,earlswood seems to hold suitable habitat.and i have noted a far few more this year than in the past years.the time of day goes for a hunting hobby too.

Matthew Griffiths said...