"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Shank Spotted

I was guiding a group, but an early morning visit & we had one of the Short-eared Owls down to just a few metres, it was seemingly tired & hungry as it was out hunting in pretty atrocious conditions! There are at least two birds, one has a central tail feather missing & has been seen in the last week, the other is fully tailed & looks a generally better plumaged bird. There is possibly a 3rd bird as well!

We visited Thornham harbour - no sign of the Peregrines that are often hanging out here but there were several "Scandi" Rock Pipit. The familiar "tchu-it" call alerted me to a flyover Spotted Redshank, the first of the year for me on the patch & pretty thin on the ground so far this winter.

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