Tag Archives: Hobby

Brampton Summer: the arrival of the Hobby Falcon

The combination of speed, grace and agility make any glimpse of this small falcon an exhilarating one. Hobbys are summer visitors to the parish. Every year, when I see one, I tend to get over-excited about it. For obvious reasons … Continue reading

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Brampton Summer: the return of the Summer Falcon

The familiar flight silhouette. An insistent call, loud and chattering, high up around the upper branches of a swaying Poplar, following by an effortless scything flight. The Summer-visiting Hobby Falcon was back. In this case, two of them – the … Continue reading

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Brampton Spring: still waiting for the Cuckoo

In most years the Cuckoos arrive in the Bure valley on or around St George’s Day. This year is an exception. Even though the radio-tracked BTO Cuckoos are starting to reach the UK, we have yet to hear the first … Continue reading

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Flight of the Summer falcon: For me Summer of 2012 ended at 8.45 on 2nd September.

For me Summer of 2012 ended at 8.45 on 2nd September. The swallows were gathering in groups around Hall barns. Further down Church Lane a single Swallow circled the doctor’s house uttering an urgent hawk-alarm call. Looking up we spotted … Continue reading

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Street falcon

The Hobby flew down the village street at eaves height. So fast did it appear and disappear that I was left dumbfounded as I stared into its wake. The small hawk, sickle winged, jinked and swerved in its run. Its … Continue reading

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Hunting Hobby

Saturday afternoon and with clear predatory intent a Hobby is circling the lower end of the village.  Swallows call in alarm and seem to dash about in panic. The falcon circles effortlessly in a wide arc and, when it seems … Continue reading

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Variety in the village

One of those mornings in Brampton. Two sightings of birds which were distinctly out of place.  The unmistakeable, whirring shape and arrow like flight of a Kingfisher. It caught me out somewhat – we were walking along the railway line … Continue reading

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garden Hobby

An audible tension, a pause and an alarm call made me look up in the garden. The cause was a Hobby, a small falcon, which in the songbird world is seen as a real threat. It’s route was marked by … Continue reading

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