Have spent six hours over the weekend fieldwatching instead of seawatching. Did manage to get a smidgen of the latter at Cambois on Sunday and a Velvet Scoter for the pleasure but, other than a brief five minutes at 6.30 on Saturday evening, myself and the others who turned up, some with youngsters in tow, saw nothing of the Short eared Owls.
If they are still there I would say that the combining and grass cutting has either moved them onwards or has disturbed so many voles that the birds are stuffed full and don't need to hunt. Anyway no owls but Saturday saw a Chiffchaff singing at the golf course, numerous Pied Wagtail and Buzzard although I couldn't turn any of the birds over the wood into the passing Honey Buzzard and on Sunday evening Stonechat, Whinchat and a Redstart that I missed (thanks DaveyT).
The change in the weather will likely bring in more birds so here's hoping.