This afternoon set off for Wallington near Baldock to check along the lane for several birds of prey: merlin, Hen harrier, Short eared owl as well as Corn buntings, a species long since departed from East Herts.
Drove through thick fog around Cottered and nearly turned around but upon arriving at Wallington Road the fog was now a little thinner. I scanned the fields where a few other birders were and the Merlin was found on the ground, some 400 yards away. A pale breasted Common buzzard sat atop a telegraph pole, Corn buntings sat on the wires and a pair of stonechat posed on top of umbellifers. A tractor and quad bike disturbed the lot so off up the lane for the SEO. A couple out walking had seen it some 15 minutes previously but after 2 hours in worsening light, I headed home having not seen it. Try again in better light conditions later in the week.
Some record shots here.
|Corn buntings and goldfinches|
|Pair of Corn buntings|
|Fog bound Common buzzard|
|As clear as I can get the Merlin shots|