Friday, 19 October 2012

Short-eared Owl

Dungeness - 1400hrs - Mild, wet and overcast all day, se2 - Three birders (Sarah, Jean and Laura) in for a weekend bird tour started in horrible weather conditions with persistant rain all afternoon.
At the fishing boats we searched for the Glaucous Gull without success, but did have 2 Bonxies on a short seawatch plus a steady flow of Gannets and Sandwich Tern.
Scotney - The flooded fields beside the pits were full of common birds with the Barnacle Goose flock complete with Snow/Emperor types close to the road. Also, 10 Redshanks, 50 Lapwings and assorted wildfowl.
Galloways -  We had cracking views of a Short-eared Owl from the road down to the sea, perched on a fence post and in flight, despite the heavy rain. Also, noted Green Woodpecker, Stonechat, Kestrel and Curlew.
ARC - Finished in poor light from Hanson hide where the usual array of wildfowl, Lapwings, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier and a flock of 20 Pied Wagtails heading for the power station.

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