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Monday, February 3, 2014

Some days are diamond

                                           Buzzard, very low but distant.
                                   Left hand bird looks like corvid



        Left hand bird has wing markings but  a pointed bill , got to be a corvid

One of those days where everything fell into place.
It started this morning when customer Roy Morris came into the garage to tell me that 150 to 200 Pinkies had gone over Roper Lane at 1030hrs >W over Ogden.
On the strength of this at lunch time I threw the big camera in the car and headed for Roper Lane to watch for more skeins.
As I pulled up NK phoned to say he was watching a Buzzard which had come down in trees then lifted up again staying in the area.
15 minutes dinner time left so a blue light race to the spot where Nigel had lost the bird after it spiralled high into the cloud.
Minutes after the Buzzard appeared again low down and in the distance followed by what appeared to be a second bird but looking at the photos it could well be a corvid although it seems to have wing markings but a pointed bill.
Did,nt get it in the bins as busy snapping.
Thanks for the quick call Nigel, a great dinner break.

To top it all Lynda was sipping bottled water tonight at the hostital, a good step forward.
BS

3 comments:

Nigel Kerwin said...

Amazing what comes to light after the excitement dies down and the facts emerge on film. It's puzzling that the birds seemed to be interacting rather than indulging in any mobbing behaviour, hence the assumption it was a pair. Even the size difference wasn't apparent. 10 or so seconds isn't long enough to form an accurate diagnosis, obviously.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

The bill on the other bird on the next to bottom photo looks more like a Rook by the bill but I've never seen a Rook with markings like that which are much more common on C Crows! Glad you took the camera with you I bet.

Tracy said...

Glad you have seen them Brian. Makes me feel better that you have difficulty distinguishing between species!