Saturday, 13 September 2014

Short-eared Owl new for the year

I flushed my first Short-eared Owl of the year, a juvenile, near Bent Lane this morning. It flew almost directly away from me for about 50 metres then landed in an area of bracken so the photos are not great. I left it there in the hope that it might stay in the area and hunt this evening.
A female Merlin by the triangle was the only other bird of note, there was a significant increase in the number of Meadow Pipits on the moor this morning so plenty of food on the wing.
A couple more sightings of Marsh Harrier during the week including a bird with wing tags indicating it had fledged in Norfolk.

Short-eared Owl


  1. Nice pics, Andy; they show the upper and lower wing patterns very well. Doug Aston

  2. Thanks Doug, certainly nice to see a Short-eared at last. Bit frustrating when its flying away from you - it may hand around with a bit of luck


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