Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Short-eared Owl

Dungeness - mild, cloudy, SE 3 - A wander around the point first thing in shorts weather produced very little in the bushes apart from a Firecrest in the lighthouse garden, a scattering of Goldcrests and a couple of Chiffchaffs. Overhead a light passage of Goldfinches, Chaffinches and one or two Siskins and Redpolls. Considering a favourable wind direction a seawatch resulted in only a handful of Kittiwakes and Gannets, plus a Bonxie down-Channel, while the sea was empty down towards the Patch where the outlet pipe is offline until sometime next year.
Scotney - Spent a couple of hours late morning checking through the passerines around the farm buildings. Skylark, Corn Bunting, Tree and House Sparrow, Linnet, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Mipit, Stonechat, Starling and Pied Wagtail all noted in variable numbers but there was no sign of the Twite seen earlier. Also noted several Kestrels, a Merlin and hundreds of feral geese, Golden Plovers and Lapwings on the front fields.
Lade - A late scan from the Desert end of south lake was notable for a distant Short-eared Owl hunting Mockmill. There was no change in the wildfowl and grebe numbers from last week.

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