Saturday, 16 January 2010

Little Owl this time!

A later start (due to Megan's birthday presents!) had expectations at more on rout sightings. However, this didn't materialize and the first Barn Owl was seen just S of Holt - a 'new' site for this species. Two Linnets twittered over Walsey Hills, where skeins of 24, 40 and c100 Pink-footed Geese flew E/SE, 3 Marsh Harriers were, again, seen and two groups of 14 and 18 Black-tailed Godwit flew W.

At Salthouse a male Shoveler feed ferociously, whilst Wigeon and to a lesser extent Teal were more obvious. The Barn Owl made a brief appearance.
A small flock of feeding Redwing held an outsider in the form of a Mistle Thrush.
Slowing down at Sheringham Wood to see if the Barn Owl was there again, produced the major surprise of a Little Owl, perched in exactly the same place! It seemed a particularly 'white' bird, with its flecking being particularly prominent!

I decided to get out at lunchtime and was pleasantly surprised to find 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese amongst c 50 Dark-bellied. I couldn't catch the Snow Bunting flock in the distance and the only other birds of note was a flock of c 50 lapwing and a single Snipe.

Rain again hampered viewing after work, but 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were seen moving west and as the Marsh harriers came to roost, one flushed the duck and a single drake Pintail (my first of the year!) went up with them!

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