Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Uphill Short eared Owls - another local area 14th & 15/2
Two late afternoon visits to the Uphill area hopefully to get a view of the 3 Short eared Owls spending winter in the rough grassy fields. The first visit resulted in waiting a good couple of hours in the company of some friendly birders and photographers with the showing of 1 Owl at around 15:30. This Owl however spent most of its time hunting over by the field by the houses often out of view. We did however get a nice view of the Owl hunkered down in the grass on our way back to the road.
Our second visit on a cloudier and windier afternoon saw 2 fantastic Owls hunt over the field quite close by. We had a jaw dropping view when one came and perched on a stump nearby. The Owls were still in flight when we left at 16:30. These Owls are beautiful and fantastic birds to watch and indeed can make you feel quite humble!
Other birds seen around the area whilst waiting for the Owls were 2 Peregrines chasing each other and a Buzzard. Robin, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Stonechat, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull & Blue Tit.