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>Follow the leader – #214

>Living in the country, surrounded by fields and vineyards, we’ve got a fairly good variety of wildlife.

A family of long-eared owls (Asio otus) colonised the birch tree in the front garden for a number of years and we’ve got the usual parade of common European woodland and garden birds, with a blue jay popping in now and again.

The clear and calm weather we’ve been having has had a good few birds of prey circling high above us, calling with a high-pitched whistle.

I’m sure that Abe can identify them for me.

I’m tempted to say that the leader of the group is a sparrowhawk, but I’ll admit to being fairly cluelss…

This entry was published on 17 September, 2007 at 09:11. It’s filed under Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “>Follow the leader – #214

  1. >If you zoom in, the detail on the wings leads me to a buzzard. Raptors are really tough sometimes, especially since the coloring can change with seasons or age. Compare to http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/b/buzzard/index.asp#.Probably looking for small rodents running between the vines?

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