A Raptor Walk
by A warbler a day
This afternoon I went on a guided walk organised by the Hants & IOW Wldlife Trust. We met at the top of Nuthanger Down nr Sydmonton. Th main purpose of the walk was to look for raptors. It did not prove to be difficult as several Red Kites flew low over the nearby fields and at one point at least 20 Buzzards were seen spiralling in the distance. In fact it was the small birds that were most interesting, particularly in a ploughed field and its hedgerow. several Skylarks were seen flying low across the fields, flocks of Linnets and Fieldfare were feeding and in amongst a flock of Chaffinches in the nearby trees were a few Bramblings (a year tick) and Yellowhammers.