Friday, 20 November 2020

More Lockdown Owls

I didn't visit the Owls on Wednesday opting to walk the river Roding instead. The flood gates have been opened at Ongar and the river has come over the banks and flooded the fields providing great habitat for the gulls to feed and rest. Deep in places I walked about five miles but failed to see anything too exciting adding just Great Crested Grebe to my pointless LD2 list which I've now stopped counting it's that pointless. The gulls were mostly Black-headed with large numbers of Common, a few Lesser-black Backed and a single Herring. No Kingfishers were seen but that'll be because I took the camera which remained in the bag throughout.

Yesterday the rain moved through and around 1.30pm the sky turned blue so I rushed over the park to take advantage of this rare bit of light. In the next couple of hours I enjoyed good views of two Short-eared Owls although I always seemed to be in the wrong place to take full advantage of the light. I also had a fly over Peregrine and a small flock of Redwings of note. (another pointless LD2 tick)

I love spending time with any birds but these guys are so special and so close to home it's really helping me be a bit more compliant with the local guidelines.

Year list stuck on 269


  1. Beautiful pictures of this great owl species, really beautiful moments. Greetings Chris