Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Long-eared Owls

Dungeness - mild, cloudy, sw 2 - Down at the Patch there were far fewer gulls over the boil than of late, although a 1st winter Iceland Gull was amongst a small flock on the beach along with a 1st winter Caspian Gull. At sea plenty of Red-throated Divers, Gannets, auks and Kittiwakes coming and going, plus six Common Scoters (scarce of late) west bound. On the land a small mixed flock of Pied Wagtails and Mipits by the sewage plant contained a Grey Wagtail, while a lone Goldfinch fed on weed seeds by the wall.

                                 Goldfinch, Ring-necked Duck and Long-eared Owls

RSPB - The two wintering Long-eared Owls roosting behind the Dipping Pool were showing particularly well this morning, with the drake Ring-necked Duck and Slavonian Grebe on Cook`s Pool and New Diggings respectively. Elsewhere, Burrowes had the usual wildfowl, plus hundreds of Cormorants, Lapwings and gulls, while a Slavonian Grebe and two Great White Egrets remained on Lade pits.


  1. Paul,
    Pretty quiet on the Swale NNR at the moment, the 190 Whitefronts, up to 3 Hen Harriers and the Crane and the best daily birds. There are 18-23 S.E. Owls present but they go in to roost at Shellness hamlet at first light and don't normally re-appear until dusk.

  2. Good job you didn't come this morning. Low cloud and drizzle made visibility poor, plus a cold N. wind, all in all, pretty grim.