Spot the Owl

Saturday 14th February 2009

A morning's birding at Frampton with Andy and Mark produced the Long-eared Owl at the reed-bed south of Splatt bridge (quite well hidden on the right-hand edge of the reeds - see photo above), a Short-eared Owl and a Little Egret from the gate at Splatt bridge at noon, 30-40 Meadow Pipits (no Water Pipit) and four Stonechats were north of Splatt bridge around the flashes, a Cetti's Warbler and a Reed Bunting were singing at the north reed-bed, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming and a Green Woodpecker were calling on the east side of the canal near the church, where there was also a Stock Dove, c30 Snipe were on the 100-acre plus 500 Lapwings, 20+ Golden Plovers, two Redshanks, a few Dunlins and two Buzzards (including a very pale one); a Kingfisher, a Chiffchaff and a Mistle Thrush were in Green Lane.

On the home front, I haven't seen the Hawfinches since Monday, although I have been at work so have only had limited opportunities for checking. A Siskin visited the garden on Tuesday, the Lesser Redpolls and male Blackcap have continued to visit and a Coal Tit has also been visiting the feeders.

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