short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

Thursday, 14 April 2011


 Headed down to Welney for the Bluethroat.Well i didn't get it, is the short of it but while there me & Matt did get some nice views of 65+ Black Tailed Godwits, Avocets, flock of 30+ Knots & a nice Peregrine Falcon. We managed to spot 2x Little Ringed Plovers  among some vegetation which made for good watching along with a loud Sedge Warbler(which i never actually got on)outside the hide.

Little Ringed Plover
  But the best was saved till last as we were in the car park we decided to look for Tree Sparrows that were apparently nesting here. A bird we both were interested by so we checked the feeders out and the Sparrow boxes that had been put up at the back of the visitor centre. Well after a few Jackdaws and some cracking Reed Buntings ,a Corn Bunting turned up eating among the other finches and buntings.
Reed Buntings, Chaff Finch & Corn Bunting

Reed Bunting
Stock Dove
 A bird Ive only ever had at Chosely Barns so a rare treat for me. As we carried on scanning the hedges , Matt recognised the a call coming from the bushes next to the feeders. A nice Stock Dove flew down below the feeders and then Matt said they were `Tree Sparrows` so we waited patiently for them to appear. It wasn't long before i had 2 of them in my bins! I quickly got on my scope for a better view. Really super Sparrow when compared to the more common House Sparrow (although sadly not as common as i remember) . I managed to get another digi-scope pic while they were joined briefly by a Chaff Finch & Green Finch, which was a nice bonus too.

Tree Sparrows

Green Finch, Chaff Finch & Tree Sparrow
  As we sat back in our vehicles for a bite to eat we saw a few Meadow Pipits  fly over head and a beautiful Barn owl come over us . We told that they have been using there Balcony as a roost ! A great end to any birding day.

Tree Sparrow

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