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Costa Rica Day 67

14th March 2022

In an hour this morning, over 340 Broad-winged Hawk with less than 10 Swainson’s Hawk, moved through out NW. The image above was part of the largest kettle of the hawks that I observed, 50-60 birds!

Today I finally got down to the patch after a day of heavy rain yesterday that stopped me from getting out and I got myself two patch ticks, Swainson’s Hawk and White-shouldered Tanager. However, it was Broad-winged Hawk that stole the show for an hour in the morning.

I find myself leaving later and later from the hostel in the morning to the patch as I’m trying to catch up on the news with how corrupt are UK government continues to be, with Johnson heavily involved in Putin’s Russia making him possibly asset/traitor? Also, the PM is making it as difficult as possible for Ukrainian refugees fleeing war to enter Britain. And no surprise with covid cases rising with restrictions relaxed, including if you’ve got covid, you don’t have to isolate! So at 08.15, I left the hostel in the gloomy conditions and made the two minute walk to the shops to get some eggs for breakfast. Ahead of me, I could see vultures circling with some 25 hawks and above were good numbers of swift. With no bins, I was in and out of the shop and ran like the devil back to the hostel. I returned to find that the raptors had gone but a quick scan revealed another kettle of mixed Broad-winged Hawks and Turkey Vulture. At the entrance of the patch, I continued to scan and observed kettles forming all over the shop and in the next hour, 08.15-0915, large numbers of Turkey Vultures and some 340 Broad-winged Hawk moved through out NW and with them I spotted a patch tick, less than 10 Swainson Hawk and a single Great Black Hawk. Also passing through NNW were three groups of White-winged Dove totalling 31 birds while swirling around were over 40 Vaux’s with less than 10 Black Swift and 2 Chestnut-collared Swift

Broad-winged Hawk with a single Swainson’s Hawk top bird

Couldn’t tell if there are any Swainson’s Hawk in this lot but there is probably a few

Out of all the Broad-winged Hawk that moved through, this individual was the closest that I observed

Also 2 Roadside Hawk were more than likely resident

There were some 40 Vaux’s Swift

Four of the 31 White-winged Dove that passed straight through NNW

I didn’t get goin in the patch until mid-morning and found that the Willow Flycatcher was still present under the tall mallows where there was also an Ovenbird. Otherwise elsewhere it was very quiet, except for the Purple Gallinule on the North Pond and the second patch tick of the day, a male White-shouldered Tanager that showed very briefly before landing in a tree above me. It was very vocal but could I see the bloody thing? After twenty minutes I gave up and decided to call it a day as the mossies’ were driving me insane.

The Willow Flycatcher was still present under the tall mallows

This Ovenbird showed well but not for the camera

The Purple Gallinule still hanging around on the North Pond

Tennessee Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Did Russian Handlers Persuade Johnson to Back Brexit?

If you read my post yesterday, you will see that I wrote about Johnson, as maybe a Russian asset/traitor, connections and very close friend with Evgeny Lebedev! A son of an ex KGB agent! This video came out today and is a must watch

A report in the Sunday Times has suggested the possibility that Evgeny Lebedev, a close friend of Boris Johnson, may have persuaded the now Prime Minister to back the UK leaving the EU. It also shines an interesting spotlight on Johnson’s insistence that Lebedev be elevated to the House of Lords against opposition from various quarters, including MI6. As putting Lebedev in the House of Lords did not benefit Johnson politically, this must have been Lebedev’s request. So why did he want the position so badly and so urgently? Article (possible paywall):… Further insights from Byline:…

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Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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