Friday, 27 April 2012

More good local birding

Had a couple of forays into the local area this afternoon/evening. Seemed to be more migrants in today too.

Highlights included:

Wheatear: 1 male
Sedge Warbler: 1 singing North Duffield
Yellow Wagtail: 3 males
Swift: 2 flying north
Great Crested Grebe: 3 on Bubwith Ings
Greenshank: 2 North Duffield
Whimbrel: 7 North Duffield
Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin all in higher numbers.

Highlight this evening however was the owls with great views of Barn, Short-eared and Tawny Owls. The Tawny flew right across in front of the hide perching briefly before moving off, but while walking back to the car I spotted it sat in a tree and got the following photos.

Tawny Owl (Phone-scoped) 

Tawny Owl (Phone-scoped)

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