Sunday, 25 October 2009

The Osprey Returns - Chess Valley, Bucks. 22/10/09

Thursday rolled round and the Osprey reappeared at Latimer Bridge at 11:23am, sat in the dead tree that the Egrets, Heron & Buzzard were sat in the day before. Lee received the news and headed down to catch the bird still sat in the tree and showing well, It soon started to be mobbed by a number of birds including a Grey Wagtail !! and then a Common Buzzard which made the Osprey take flight. It didn't get any better for the Osprey and it was soon harried by 3 Red Kites which pursued it East along the River Chess towards Chenies Bottom where they gave up and a Carrion Crow took their place, the Osprey carried on Westward and out of sight.

I arrived as usual with the bird well out of sight and spent the afternoon at Mill Farm with Lee and later Mike Collard hoping it would return, it didn't of course but the afternoon was far from a let down. Whilst viewing the Chess Valley we had some interesting sightings amongst the commoner species, around Mill Farm Meadow a pair of Stonechat were showing well on and off, Red Kite & Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Plenty of Jays, a single overhead Siskin and an active party of 11 Lesser Redpoll around Mill Farm rounded off the day.

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