Tuesday, 19 January 2010


Short Eared Owl Norfolk 17 January.

Finding this roosting Short Eared Owl, and, an obliging male Merlin, was a pleasant surprise. To come back to Bedford to have an extremely vocal Tawny Owl in the trees opposite the house the same evening made for a nice double act! The nearby street lights and the complete absence of any leaves on the trees made the Tawny very conspicuous as it called for over half an hour - before flying over the road and over my head, to disappear into the night. Not quite a Garden tick but an almost exact copy of the last time a calling Tawny interrupted the Television viewing - calling from the same trees, but, with the trees in leaf, only becoming visible when it too flew over my head and away over the houses.

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