Monday, 9 February 2009

A parliament of owls

Our second trip to Fairburn Ings to catch a glimpse of the Long Eared Owl was even more successful than anticipated. We spotted 5 Long Eared Owls, they've been seen regularly at Fairburn throughout the winter. What a treat... I hereby declare that the 6th - 13th February be known as 'Owl Week' to celebrate sightings of 6 owls in the space of a week starting with the Little Owl in Eccup. So far this year Ive seen seven owls, including the Barn Owl at Cresswell (North East coast) in January, which is probably more than Ive seen.

Whilst trying to locate the owls, a Grey Heron flew overhead. We also saw a Water Rail, Mute Swans with sygnets, Tufted Ducks & a large flock of Canada Geese feeding in a field at the far side of the lake.
At the feeders near the Fairbun Ings Centre we spotted Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Long Tail Tits, Dunnocks, Blackbird, Blue Tits, Chaffinch.

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