Friday, 26 October 2012

Short-eared surprise!

Look what popped out of our grassland at The Scrubs this morning - a beautiful Short-eared Owl!

This bird was almost trodden upon at 0740. It flapped up and glided over the hawthorns to pitch down in the vegetation. It was flushed again 30 minutes later and put on a brilliant flypast display before seemingly heading west. It was later flushed again at the western end of the grassland at 0900 making it our longest staying SEO.

We get them appearing most years although normally as flyovers. This bird was our second for the year. The first flew in from the east in April and proceeded to quarter our small grassland for 15 minutes as if it were in deepest Essex.


1 comment:

Alan Pavey said...

Excellent, one of my favourite birds, keep hoping for one here in Sissinghurst.