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Winter thrushes and buzzard

Posted by eddybayton 
Winter thrushes and buzzard
October 16, 2020 07:02AM
Quite an interesting day yesterday in the Crem area. We have had good numbers of redwing, blackbirds and fieldfares this week, peaking yesterday with several flocks of the latter each in excess of 100. They all seem to have reached the shore, turned around and were heading N or NE, bouncing from tree top to tree top.

Also of note was the local grey squirrel population reduced by one. A foolish rather small squirrel attempted to cross our cricket field rather than skirt the hedge which is usual behaviour. I was watching it bouncing along when it suddenly accelerated to full speed. About 10 yards from the Barley Cop lane hedge it was intercepted by a buzzard on a low fast trajectory. The buzzard enveloped it with its wings and stood on it until it stopped moving. This attracted several local magpies who spent about 10 minutes taunting and cackling in a circle very close to the predator. Frustrated, the buzzard took off with some effort carrying its kill to somewhere more peaceful.
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