The raptors I didn’t photograph were at least 7 Honey Buzzards, 6 Common Buzzards, 6 Sparrowhawks, a Peregrine and another Goshawk. Of the Honey Buzzards I had a group of 4 in a thermal, yesterday’s bird with the missing primary on the left wing, a bird missing primaries on both wings plus a fully feathered bird. At one stage a Honey Buzzard flew through and was mobbed by a young Goshawk and then by a Sparrowhawk with all three birds in the same field of view - it would have made a great shot if it was within range...
I did also look down and had a group of three young Red-backed Shrikes (not the same birds as last week) plus nice close views of an interesting juvenile Common Crossbill.
|juvenile / 1cy Goshawk (hønsehauk)|
|I have seen that young Goshawks have recently been misidentified as Honey Buzzards – seems difficult to understand how this could happen when as this picture shows the commonest confusion species is Song Thrush (måltrost)|
|adult Hobby (lerkefalk)|
|eating a dragonfly|
|juvenile Common Crossbill (grankorsnebb) - same bird as above|
|it appeared to be eating grit which I assume helps with the digestion of the pine/spruce seeds|
|here a not fully ripe spruce seed is stuck to the side of the bill. I have drawn line showing the height and length of the bill showing the length to be longer|
|juvenile Red-backed Shrike (tornskate)|
|two youngsters together|
|Tree Pipit (trepiplerke)|
|there were a lot of Nutcrackers today although none came very close|