Monday 17th November

A blog posting two days running shows that things must be picking up! The overnight rain had topped up the floods even more so a late afternoon visit in the company of Liam Langley and James Evry found a modest gull roost to sift through. Sadly the birds were rather finicky and kept disappearing as fast as they would arrive so I got bored and left but the other two stuck it out and were rewarded with a bright sighting of a 1st winter CASPIAN GULL and an adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL at last light though apparently neither stayed long. Also of note were a couple of REDSHANK, a flock of several hundred Golden Plover wheeling about high overhead, good Starling flock sizes heading off to roost and hoards of the usual ducks.

As if this wasn't enough Mary MacDougall e-mailed me this morning to say that she'd seen at least one if not two SHORT-EARED OWLS in Burgess Field at close quarters yesterday afternoon from 3:30 pm onwards. It's great to have a sighting of these wonderful birds on Burgess Field again as this species is certainly less than annual there.

Here's a grab of an Otmoor SEO from a couple of years ago

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