Sunday, 18 January 2015
Halvergate Rough Leg
On Sunday 18th January, at 11.08am I was delighted to see a fine male Bullfinch feeding on the buds of our Cherry tree as this species always does every January, we've had a longer wait in seeing them this year! Arriving along Halvergate road at 11.50am, I was relieved to see sunny conditions, it was quite foggy at Lowestoft & Great Yarmouth. I was imagining having to tweet "Defeated again by weather conditions dipped RLB 2nd by 1st snow blizzard and now fog!" But along the road on the right, Roy R was scoping over the marsh. He had the fine Rough- legged Buzzard perched on the left side of a gate. It was long bodied but virtually a silhouette save for a cream nape shawl at the back. As it preened I noticed a whiter area on the upper breast and being darker on the mid breast. Being joined by Tony B & Neville L, we noted the bird had a white tail and dark terminal band when it flew off and disappeared into a dip. I later saw it perched in a field just left a bush (with a Kestrel perched on top) and along the right hand end of a line of 200 Pink- footed Geese. It then flew a long way right, stopping a few times to hover in mid flight, a super sight. Further down the road it flew closer and started hovering albeit against the light. Along the Acle straight, 30 Lapwings and 3 Curlew seen from a lay-by.