Monday, 2 September 2013

Patch update

Bird life beginning to pick up after the summer lull. A nice party of Bullfinches, mainly juveniles on the bumpy road along with various mixed Tit flocks. No waders on passage as there is no standing water although 20 Golden Plover passed overhead prospecting do doubt. A large flocks of Finches, mainly Linnets, on the horse fields with Swallows gathering for departure.
The first sighting by Paddy of a Short eared Owl last Friday is supported by evidence left on the Wildlife Trusts observation platform. It's amazing how the pellets are so often left on the perch rather than dropping to the ground.
Glad to see something using said platform which has generated a variety of response from the locals and it appears the six ponies whose task is to keep the rough pasture grazed find it handy for a snack!

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