Monday, 15 December 2014

Barn Owl!

08.15-09.00 from The Point:
Wigeon: 2 down
Great-crested Grebe: 150+ feeding off shore
Red-throated Diver: 45 down   8 up
Gannet: 21 down   4 up
Cormorant: c300 off shore
Kittiwake: 4 down
Guillemot: 2 on sea
Auk sp: 12 down
On the New Diggings the 5 Goosander still, 2 Great White Egrets and 2 Little Egrets plus all the usual wildfowl.
ARC south end the rgular flock of 150+ Gadwall.
Adjacent to Lydd FC the 2 Cattle Egrets still performing for the cameras.
At Scotney the 2 Black-necked Grebes, the 1w drake Scaup, 2 Marsh Harriers hunting the north bank and the usual feral geese.
I spent a few hours wandering the more secluded lanes and paths on Walland Marsh today, Redwing, Fieldfare and Blackbirds were numerous, also plenty of Song Thrushes and 10+ Mistle Thrushes. Several Tit flocks were located but contained nothing unexpected, also Tree Sparrows, Corn Buntings, Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers were found though not in big numbers. The 28 Bewick and the single Whooper Swans were also seen but distant. I didn't look for the Tundra Bean Geese but those that did failed to locate them, they are probably still there but in the longer vegetation. 
 This Barn Owl appeared late afternoon over the ARC car park and round Boulderwall.
Mid afternoon on Burrowes from Dennis's hide saw 3 red head Smew, 5 Great White Egrets and 3 Goldeneye of note.
From the entrance track a Great White and a Little Egret with 2 Cattle Egrets in the distance all in the same field of view.
From Hanson of note a Bittern flew across the lake. In the Willow Trail the Tit flock held 2 Chiffchaffs.
From The Screen another or the same Bittern flew over the lake also 2 Marsh Harriers. On the lake apart from 100s of Coot very little else was seen.
Late afternoon in the ARC car park a surprise in the form of a Barn Owl that flew through. 

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