short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

Friday, 4 May 2012


 After work today i shot down to Whitlingham after hearing a Nigthingale had been seen/heard there.
On route i picked up a family of rather cute Long Tailed Tits and a single Bullfinch along the walk to the observation area and then had a couple of Common Whitethroats as i passed the path towards the bird screen. I stood and listened out for that explosive song..... nothing.I continued a bit further and after a bit i heard a quick burst of song.I was in the right area now.I would hear it sing on and off for around 30 minutes before i got a brief flight view.I carried on scanning as it sung and amazingly picked it up out in the open! This was my first good view of this bird as the one before was a rather sulky affair! Super bird and thanks to the person who found it and who put the word out of its where abouts(and cheers James for passing on your detailed directions)A very satisfying picture of a smart Nightingale below:
Nightingale- Lovely Jubly!

As i walked back i saw a couple of Common Terns over the great Broad and a mass amount of Hirundines .In fact quite a few Swallows (tired ones no doubt) were resting up on the boats on the water. As i watched a boat  2x Common Sandpipers landed on it among the Swallows-super!
Swallows and Common Sandpiper

 A good bit of local birding and one very happy essex boy!

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