We took advantage of the sunshine to walk in Taliaris woods this morning. We met the owner and were chatting when a raptor appeared overhead. Expecting Red Kite, Buzzard or maybe Goshawk we were all surprised to note an immature Egyptian Vulture. It is well known locally that a couple of reclusive characters living in Taliaris have a large captive collection of vulture species and they occasionally escape. The fact that the bird appeared to have a yellow ball (size of table tennis ball) attached to one leg and maybe part of jesses confirmed its origin.
Escaped young Egyptian Vulture
We were also pleased to see and hear several Crossbills. At least one male singing which suggests that nesting may be taking place.