|Tengmalm's Owl - Aegolius funereus 2cy|
|Long-eared Owl - Asio otus female|
The finer points of a Woodcock 1cy, scolopax rusticola
|Sparrowhawk - Accipiter nisus 1cy male (light rufous type)|
The birding has been great at times with very heavy migration; over 50'000 birds moving on some days! This week the birding has been fairly quiet though. Long-tailed Ducks, Common and Velvet Scoters, increasing numbers of Red-throated Divers (Ca80 this week) and an occasional Black-Throated too.
Waxwings and Goldfinches seem to be the dominant passerine migrants at the minute with a few hundred of each moving this week, supported by a few dozen Yellowhammer and Reed Bunts! Another (late) Serin has been hanging around but returned again after a second migration attempt.
I received news this week of a Sparrowhawk ringed back in October which had flown 270Km in 5 days before slamming into a window in Hannover, Germany. (See map below)
|Sparrowhawk Movement, 270km in 5days; hit window.|
We are trying to catch some more owls tonight, though the weather isn't on our side it seems. Check back soon to see how it's been.