Saturday, 5 November 2016

Best Class for a Decade?

This week to break with convention the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions all travelled to the same location to connect with the Hen Harriers, Short-eared Owls and all the other many birds in that location.  In fact one long-standing Thursday morning member proclaimed that this was the best-ever session she has attended since we were at Kilnsea, which coincided with a massive fall of Red-backed Shrikes, Redstarts and other migrants.  

Her morning was made by a Woodcock which arose from a ditch while we were looking for a non-existent Little Owl.  It then flew west at head height for over a minute allowing almost everyone to gain a decent view.  Unfortunately, I decided to watch the Woodcock with my eyes, so I didn't get a photograph of the speeding bird.

We've had a lot of Hen Harriers on the blog recently, so I'm going with the Short-eared Owls first instead, but the Harriers and the other sightings follow.  thanks to all the photographers who sent in their pictures.  
Short-eared Owl
 Hen Harrier
 Female Stonechat (Tail Missing)
 Female Stonechat (c) 2016 Dick Watson
 Male Stonechat (c) 2016 Dick Watson 
Fieldfare (c) 2016 Dick Watson
Fieldfare in Flight
 Fieldfare (and Redwing)
Redwing (c) 2016 Dick Watson
Russian Blackbirds!

 Male Brambling (c) 2016 Jane Robinson
 Male Brambling [rasping call] (c) 2016 Jane Robinson
Golden Plovers
 Golden Plovers (c) 2016 Jane Robinson
 (c) 2016 Jane Robinson
 Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit (c) 2016 Aileen Urquhart  [Blue period]
Curlew (c) 2016 Jane Robinson
Dunlin & Curlew (c) 2016 Aileen Urquhart
Record Shot of Kingfisher
 Goldfinch Charm (c) 2016 Jane Robinson
Heron (c) 2016  Aileen Urqhuart
 Little Egret (c) 2016 Aileen Urquhart [Blue Period]
 Common/Harbour Seal (c) 2016 Aileen Urquhart
Golden Plover Sunset

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