After receiving some high quality information about a Rough-legged Buzzard watched at a site in the north of the county on Monday, Wednesday saw me set off with ADMc and the twins on the trail. Now normally I wouldn't inflict my kids on other birders as they tend to treat optics with irreverence and after spending an hour in the car they can be a little temperamental. However I thought that it might increase my chances of actually finding the beastie in question as either a) ADMc would get roped into a football match allowing me to bird in peace or b) roles reversed he would track the blighter down whilst I stopped the kids from doing any permanent damage to the local farm animals.
In the event we managed a good haul of Common Buzzard with probably 10-12 over the morning, six in the air a maximum at any one time. We had little else, a Sparrowhawk, small flock of Linnet and the odd Hare.
The twins behaved reasonably well although my heart was beating a little faster when one of them was wandering about watching the 'bordies' with ADMc's Ultravids, "I'm not insured for that" was all I kept thinking.
Whilst I normally bird alone, good company makes for an easy day even when the targets are scarce.