Thursday, 21 April 2011

Short-Eared Owl

Dave Mo discovers a Short-Eared Owl this morning on the patch and he watched the bird as it ditched down, ten hours later myself and young Jack flush the bird from the exact same spot and we watched the bird gain height and settle back down again, it was great to see this cracking bird as Barking Bay was a hot spot for this species back in the day but due to development and habitat loss this is probably a migrant rather than a late wintering bird.

Other birds of note was a Calling Cuckoo and a pair of Wheatear though we couldn't relocate the Ring Ouzel that has now been present for a least three day's, plenty of activity from the near bye Common Tern colony is always nice to hear.

all pics taken with Jack on my shoulders (got to blame someone for poor record pics!!)

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