Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Long -eared Owl

News of a Long -eared Owl on the Glamorgan Gwent border was welcome as I was about to finish a job in Barry. Thanks to all who patiently waited till I arrived before attempting any photos. Albeit record shots. It had moved around a bit during the afternoon and and also was flushed by a SEO.

The light was awfull with low grey cloud and mist!!

Monday, 12 March 2012

Spanish Sparrow.

Alan Hughes, Nigel Addecott, Phil Bristow and myself decided on a day out in Hampshire on Sunday.
First off was the Junco near Beaulie. Give it about an hour and a half, it failed to show. Also there a few Woodlarks and Goshawks Flying by.
Next up was the famous Spanish Sparrow at Calshot, obviously, it had gone unnoticed until January. It must have been there a while with a few Hybrids loafing around! It gave quite good views after spending some time singing deep in the hedgerow.
Returning for the Junco, that showed itself distantly for a minute or two. Also there was a few Crossbills, not very close but worth a few shots!
Next was the Rosy Starling just a 15 min drive away. That never showed.
A local birder told us that at Blandford Forum there were a family of very tame Otters. so we spent an hour and a half waiting and gave up. Then home, shattered but a great day out!