2 Red Kites
1 Marsh Harrier NW at 1430
2 Lesser Whitethroats
The first raptor was a soaring Sparrowhawk above me shortly followed by a hunting Kestrel to the north. A pair of Red Kites showed well as they soared low over farmland. At least 3 Buzzards were seen including two soaring directly above me and calling. At 1430 a Marsh Harrier passed over in an north-westerly heading and attracted the attention of a few mobbing Crows. Another Sparrowhawk was later seen soaring low over woodland.
|Well stocked hedgerow at Wramplingham 22 Sept where 2 Lesser Whitethroats seen|
I felt confident that passage Warblers would be present at this excellent feeding staging location and indeed at 1400 I detected movement, it was a superb looking Lesser Whitethroat, then close by a second Lesser Whitethroat joined it. Initially I viewed these stunning Warblers at x8, however, having set the 'scope up I had some excellent views at x25 to x30.
These Lesser Whitethroats were typically stunning birds with their grey heads and darker ear-coverts contrasting strongly with the white throat. The mantle and wings were a uniform brownish and the underparts very white. Calls were frequently given, this was a sharp "stit", sometimes given once, sometimes given in rapid succession. Close views of these beautiful Warblers showed them feeding upon Blackberries.
I finally departed this location to return to work just after 1500.