Saturday, 23 November 2013

Whixall Moss - Shorties

A single Short-eared Owl at dusk the previous weekend had raised my interest level in the moss and I returned a bit earlier today to see if it would show earlier? A distant male Hen Harrier at 3pm made the walk worthwhile but it was almost birdless up until then!

It took the efforts of a low flying plane at 3.15 to reveal there were plenty of birds there after all with at least 60 Wigeon, Teal, Gulls, several Snipe and at least one Short-eared Owl including this dark individual (heavy crop) put up!

I was convinced a second Owl was present - seen well right of where this individual kept my attention and chatting to a guy who was nearer the action, there were definitely two shorties airborne! Just as well the plane did its stuff, there was no further sign at dusk!.....

Footnote - another late afternoon session the following day produced the male Hen Harrier, again distant and NO shorties at all!

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