I dodged seawatching tonight and headed for the bushes and to be honest it was very, very quiet. It was also the wrong end of the day but beggars can't be choosers!
There wasn't really a peep as I wandered through, the odd resident blue tit, great tit and wren and that was, not even the robins we ringed at the weekend. However, as I walked into a bit of open ground I saw a ghostly white figure in the distance....
A male barn owl sat out on a branch fast asleep, the photos aren't the best, it was dark in there, he sat asleep for ages then when I moved to retreat woke up and flew only 10m or so to another branch, I left him there. The only other highlight was a year tick, a male bullfinch by the Budge Screen, calling as it flew it overhead.
30 or so pink footed geese flew south as I was leaving, autumn is most certainly here!
There might be a bit of murk around in the morning so I shall give the patch another going over before work I think.
Speckled Wood by the screen on Thursday afternoon.
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