Monday, 18 August 2014

Little Owl - Athene noctua


Confiding Speckled Wood



Little Mallards


The Little Owl Stare



Date: 18th August - 2PM
Location:  Newton Park Lake - Zones 1,2+5

Observation:  Decided to go for a walk whilst we waited for that rain which was forecast (which never actually arrived!). Quite a few butterflies still about mostly Speckled Wood, Peacock and Small White but did see a Red Admiral also. A single Yellowhammer and a family of Long-Tailed Tits, started the walk at Seven Acre woods. Alot of Buzzards around the whole walk, mewing and hunting must have been a good 6 or 7 total. A few ducklings on the Lake still, with the Cygnets still hanging around with mum and dad. One Little Owl was present on a new perch, slightly closer to the footpath which was nice, no sign of other 3 whilst we were there. Nothing worth noting until back to the Dog Walk, were we seen a Sparrowhawk, land in brook, so we creeped up, but couldn't see it, we waited and sat behind bushes, were it got spooked by a big van passing it, and flew into trees opposite and couldn't see it after that, nice to see they are still about though! Started to rain 5 minutes from home, so good timing!

Weather:  Cloudy, Rain Showers, Sunny Intervals

Other Species: Buzzard, Goldfinch, Crow, Magpie, Little Owl, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Mute Swan, Yellowhammer, Long-Tailed Tit, Coal Tit - of note!