Another Bird Blog: Missing In Action Those midday Barn Owls showed again, this time an obvious pair since they hunted the same fields. They weren’t quite in tandem with one of them much more active than the other which sat in the adjacent hedgerow for a good hour. I was still on ISO1200.
Another Bird Blog: Early Pipit Late Owl The journey home was quite interesting by way of a Barn Owl hunting across farmland at 11.30am.
Another Bird Blog: Out At Last The owl was on a fast, large circuit that took it over fields, behind tall hedgerows and through farmyards so I quickly lost sight.
Another Bird Blog: Boring? Never. We don’t catch many Dunnocks at Oakenclough but today’s bird proved to be a female in early breeding condition.
Another Bird Blog: Mars And Venus The male symbol ♂ is the astrological symbol for Mars and the female symbol ♀ is the astrological symbol for Venus. Of the three small finches it’s the Goldfinch that is the harder to sex. While male and female Redpolls and male and female Siskins are quite different in their respective looks, the distinction between boy and girl Goldfinches is less obvious.
Another Bird Blog: Back To The Linties The Linnets appeared ravenous as they dived into the area of the food from the off. Well into March, the hungry month for birds there’s not much of their natural food left so our seed mix is doing the job.
Another Bird Blog: First Poll we caught our first Lesser Redpoll and Siskins of the year together with a slight surprise in the shape of not one but two Mistle Thrushes.
Another Bird Blog: Golden Oldie We drove north and west heading for the coast at Famara hoping to find Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser, Stone Curlew and other bits & bobs along the way.
Another Bird Blog: Blast From The Past Here on the Lancashire coast we escaped the worst of the snow with just a smattering of snow showers but days of minus temperatures.
Another Bird Blog: This And That Today I took a run out to some local spots and to drop seed at two ringing spots. Gulf Lane held about 90 Linnet, 6 Skylark, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Little Egret and 1 Grey Heron. There’d been an overnight frost and the heron was waiting for the ditch to clear of ice.
Another Bird Blog: A Photo Or Two . Around the moss road produced a couple of calling Buzzards on territory as 5/6 Meadow Pipits scattered ahead of the car.
Another Bird Blog: Headstarting The species is Black-tailed Godwit, in this case the subspecies that occurs in the British Isles, Western and Eastern Europe, the ‘nominate’ race Limosa limosa limosa.
Another Bird Blog: Little But Not Often This account from Czechoslovakia mirrors the story of the UK population of Little Owls. The BTO’s Common Bird Census/Breeding Bird Surveys trend for Little Owl in the UK shows very wide variation, but a downturn in recent decades suggests that a rapid decline lies behind the observed fluctuations.
Another Bird Blog: Wednesday 7th February a cold weather snap brings out the owls and the Kestrels. So on the drive over Stalmine Moss I wasn’t too surprised to spot a hunting Barn Owl. The owl stayed out along the frosty fence before taking off into the distance.
Another Bird Blog: Updated. It seems that Windows 10 does automatic updates whether the user wants them or not and by clicking constantly pressing “no”, all I did was delay the inevitable. Like a fool and worn down by the constant messages on the screen I clicked “go”. Three hours later here we are trying to update the blog.
Another Bird Blog: Some You Win Down in Glasson village there was a good mix of wildfowl on the marina