A slow start today with plenty of low cloud and mist. Not a good look if you want to see raptors. Anyway, after a couple of hours the sun burnt away the clouds to reveal itself.
The birds also made an entrance shortly after. Aside from the expected Lesser Black-backs and Herring Gulls, a local Peregrine made a prolonged appearance on a rooftop. We also scored a couple of soaring Common Buzzards that drifted high overhead from the northwest to head east. One of the birds was in particularly worn plumage and appeared almost tailess.
A couple of Swifts were seen distantly, three quarters of the way west between us and Wembley Stadium. Later, two birds whizzed west past the south side of the roof right next to us. They seemed so big close up as they bombed past that we momentarily thought falcon then Alpine Swift before settling on their true identity. Lastly, a overflying House Martin heading west was perhaps the first ever to have been seen directly above our heads.
Not a bad day on the office.
A presumed female Peregrine
A classic Common Buzzard
The other Common Buzzard