|GREY HERON (ARDEA CINEREA)|
|REED WARBLER (ACROCEPHALUS SCIRPACEUS)|
I glanced over at the clock 2 a.m. nice one Mr.Owl (I have to admit in my daze I tried hitting the snooze button, just in case I was dreaming, no chance). So I stumbled out of bed slowly pulled the curtains back, I could see a couple of my other neighbours were looking up at my roof, so it was on my roof then. I went down stairs (no flash gun so I didn't bother with camera) went out the back and looked up, sure enough a Barn Owl, screeching away, it kind of reminded me of a wolf howling at the moon. Not a cloud in the sky, it turned around looked at me and flew off it's pale underside lit up by the street lights like a ghostly angel, screeching as it went, I walked back towards the house and it flew overhead again and disappeared towards Moulton park industrial estate. Perhaps it was a juvenile being kicked out of it's nest or maybe the fields that are harvested now have had the vole's disturbed by the activity and it couldn't find any food. Either way a very different and great new bird for my "garden bird list" which now has two species of owls on it.
After work yesterday (7th Sept.) I managed a few hours up at Summer Leys, sadly I can't tell you what was there as no sooner had I sat down a got the binoculars out then two Merlins....no not the small falcon but two army helicopters buzzed right over the hide, rocking the hide, they were so low I could see the army blokes in the back peering out. A bit of a silly move by both pilots as EVERY single bird took to the air right into the flight path of both whirly birds, this included flocks of Greylag Geese, Canada Geese, Little Egrets, Lapwings and Black Headed gulls, luckily no birds were hit and the idiot pilots got to live for another day, but with decision making of flying low over a nature reserve I'm not sure how long they'll live for...numpties. The only images I got were of Reed Warblers and Grey Herons.
I think on my first day off I'm going to look for this Barn Owl, wish me luck lol