22nd November 2018 Short eared Owl

Another cold & gloomy morning with a light NE wind. I visited Birling and Belle Tout.

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A roadside Short eared Owl near Shooters Bottom.

A small flight of finches (approx 120 birds), mainly made up of small parties of Goldfinch passing east this morning, as did small numbers of Chaffinch, Siskin and Redpoll. Singles each of Redwing and Fieldfare. A duo of site scarcities continue with the Cetti’s Warbler seen again near the NT buildings at Birling (having gone undetected since it’s discovering last week!) and the Eurasian Treecreeper still present at Belle Tout wood. Today was the first morning this autumn where I didn’t see or hear any Goldcrest. A rather lovely Short eared Owl was out hunting during daylight hours at Shooters Bottom.

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Usually only encountered as high flying migrants.

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Or accidentally flushing birds roosting on the ground.

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So to see one well, out hunting mid afternoon is a treat. I’ve not know one to winter here in the 4 years I have been watching and assume this one will move on.

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The view from the top of Birling Lane looking east towards the gap.

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