Short Eared Owl at Reculver.
I met up with Chiddy on the ramp at Grove Ferry at approx 1pm yesterday afternoon the 10th March , it was fairly quite to be honest highlights being approx 7 Common Buzzards plus i added a brief view of a Cetti's Warbler to my year list . We did see a couple of Small Tortoiseshell which were my first butterfly's of the year.
We decided to head over to Reculver in the hope of seeing the Short Eared Owl that has been showing well of late plus the possibility of any early migrants which might be around , there wasn't any , seen by us anyway .
One of two Short Eared Owls .
As we walked along the sea wall checking for migrants and the single Snow Bunting which is still around Chiddy or should i say " Mr Owl man " picked out the Short Eared Owl flying over the marsh , so without haste we headed to the area and sat down on one of the banks and waited for the Owl to come to us , sure enough after a short while the Short Eared Owl gave us some great close views.
Fantastic looking Short Eared Owl.
As we were watching this particular Owl Chiddy spotted a second bird which was a real surprise , we watched these birds for a good couple of hours and even manged to see both birds perched on posts .
Both Short Eared Owls perched on posts.
Closer view of the first bird .
A really enjoyable birding session , other birds seen were approx 25+ Corn Bunting which were a welcome year tick for me plus 69 Golden Plover yes i counted them !! , 5 Little Egrets , Marsh Harrier , at least 4 Stonechats and 350+ Dark Bellied Brent Geese .