More birds

Further to yesterdays blog, this morning there was a female Linnet enjoying the warm morning sun and having a good scratch and clean-up, see sequence of shots.

Skylarks are plentiful at the moment and came across a couple in dispute over ground rights.

Tufted ducks appear to have moved from the ponds but there was a lone male on one.

Bri

North End Barn Owls

We walk around part of the reserve, that includes the Barn Owl boxes, every morning at roughly the same time, but not seen a Barn Owl since October last year, that is until last week, when one was spotted sitting on the shelf of one of the boxes.

The two boxes No 1 and No 4 contain cameras, which have been checked at regular intervals, the last time an owl was recorded in Box No 1 was Sept 2015 and Box No 4 November 2015. Nevertheless the boxes are being used, see the pellet distribution, on the attached snapshots taken off the videos on the various dates.

This is what happened last year, pellet build up in Box No 1 took place over the winter months, but the first Owl was not sighted until March and then was joined by it’s mate in late April, Lets hope the same pattern will repeat this year.

Bob and Bri

Snowdrops

This week we have cleared the brambles and gorse covering one of the two snowdrop gardens, see photo, they are well established and could have been planted by the airfield crew. Unfortunately the gorse is expanding every year and without being cut back regularly it would cover everything.

Bob and Bri