Sunday, 1 February 2015

Shorncote chill

Feb 1 - a chilly but sunny morning at Shorncote, with a strong northerly wind keeping activity low. There were not 1, but 2, Little Owls in the willow tree at South Cerney sports ground. The Siberian Chiffchaff was with 5-6 Common Chiffchaffs along the stream, but all elusive in the wind. 2 Water Rails and 2 Cetti's Warblers called from the reeds, and a Grey Wagtail fed along the stream edge. Flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares were also keeping a low profile in the hedges due to the strength of the arctic airflow. A Tawny Owl calling outside the house in the evening increased my year list up to 126. 4 species of Owl seen this weekend.....Short-eared, Barn, Little and Tawny - only missing Long-eared.....

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