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Monday, 30 January 2012

Kessingland Owls

On Sunday 29th January, just before 2.30pm, I walked down to the Kessingland sewage works by the fence a regularly calling Chiff- Chaff was seen well and another second Chiff- Chaff called from the other side of the track.
Walking down to the caravan park, by their car park, an excellent Short- eared Owl flew out from the bushes past the dyke and over to a hedgerow by an arable field. walking around there carefully, a dog bounded by disturbing, a Short- eared Owl flew up from the path ahead and west across the field over a dyke to another field. walking around the path looping around to the right/west, I raised my bins and instantly saw the Short- eared owl perched on the ground on a muddy area. I watched this Owl for over an hour and it remained perched during the whole period of observation. Moving its head, often alert, it reacted when another Short- eared Owl flew first right and then left.
A drumming Snipe flew past and over my head, whilst in the distance a Barn Owl flew by.

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