Monday, 2 April 2012

Owl in a Day's Work

Dave Wheeler promised snow, and we got it today. Some heavy showers created the occasional white-out and there was even a small amount lying at times. More to come tomorrow we're told.
Today's star turn was this Long-eared Owl, trapped in the Plantation this morning. What a stunner!

A happy Jason rings his first Long-eared Owl, it was a very lively bird given to much bill snapping and attempts to claw anyone handling it!
The wintry conditions have obvioulsy held up most migrants (will we get a deluge when the winds change?), but a smart male Ring Ouzel was near the Plantation, a Linnet was new for the year and a couple of Robins and a Reed Bunting also suggested that a very few birds were still sneaking in.
The Green-winged Teal remained on Da Water, both the White-fronts continued to show well and the afternoon saw lots more auks return to the island, a reminder that spring really is on its way!

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