Nice to be in another spell of cold weather. Not had enough of it this winter in my opinion (am sure many people would disagree with me though!).
|Teal on ice|
Saturday could have gone a bit better, although we still had a lovely day. Jess is an Owl lover, and there's one UK Owl that I've yet to show her; Short-eared Owl. So on Saturday afternoon me made the hour and a half drive to the Wiltshire/Dorset border where up to five Short-eareds have been showing exceptionally well (mostly!).
It was cold. Very cold....
|(as you can see from how Jess is dressed!)|
The cold wind was probably the reason that despite spending over two hours here, we saw precisely no Short-eared Owls. Not a whiff. Did see a few nice birds though, best being a cracking male Hen Harrier that showed twice during the two hours, with the second view being of it hunting over a field right next to the road for a good five minutes. Stunning. Other raptors included a few Buzzard, three Kestrel and two Peregrine. There were also a few passerines about with a single Corn Bunting being my highlight, along with 15+ Reed Bunting and a few Linnet and Skylark.
Such a pity we didn't see the Owls though, they were there both days either side of Saturday! Bloody typical. I can see us going back again soon when it's less windy...