Mesolithic owl freeze

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Feelin’ a tad mesolithic, so I popped over to Lunt this afternoon in the gloom.
Working on the premise that the site’s splendid Short Eared Owls aren’t emerging until late afternoon at the moment, I reasoned that as it was dusk at 1pm today, as if the cold was sapping what light there was out of the day, the owls may venture out early.
They didn’t, and the site was very cold and bleak.
Sensible owls were staying down and snug for as long as possible, leaving only Coots, Tufties, Shovelers and Little Egrets to look miserable in the grey chill.

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One of the beauties came sailing past at 4pm, sweeping over the fields and pools like a dirty great big moth, a wonderful bird, but then most owls are.
Away from the chill, many thanks to Peter Paines who emailed me with a report and picture from his sister up in the Uists:
Peter explained: “I received the following information from my sister on North Uist:
“I have had an adult Whooper swan on the machair in front of the house for a few days with two young. It had a coloured ring on one leg which I photographed and sent off to one of the bird experts. He sent it away and a reply has just come back. It is rather fascinating as the bird was first ringed in Martin Mere in 2002 and has been recorded there nearly every year except for one year at St Anne’s Moss in Lancashire and one other sighting in the Outer Hebrides in 2014! My record has now been added to the database for this swan.”
There’s T33 striding about the machair with the bracing Hebridean breeze blowing the cobwebs away…

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And thanks to Phil Smith for this pic of the wintering Med Gull on Southport Marine Lake – its hood is developing nicely now…

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4 thoughts on “Mesolithic owl freeze

  1. This month celebrates The Climate Coalition’s ‘Show the Love’ campaign. Families are invited to discover the climate change stories of Leighton Moss RSPB with a special ‘Show the Love’ family trail. Drop-in between 9.30 am-4 pm on Saturday 11-Sunday 26 February. It is free to take part, normal admission charges apply to non-members.
    Families visiting Leighton Moss this half term can also get creative with The Climate Coalition’s ‘Show the Love’ green heart making. By making green hearts and hanging them on the Leighton Moss climate change tree, families can show their support for wildlife in the face of climate change. Drop-in between 9.30 am-4 pm on Friday 17-Monday 20 February. It is free to take part, normal admission charges apply to non-members.

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  2. This month sees the British Trust for Ornithology’s annual National Nestbox Week take place, and the RSPB is running a fun family quiz trail at Burton Mere Wetlands to celebrate.
    Available every day throughout February, families are invited to pick up a quiz sheet at reception between 9.30 am-4.30 pm and follow the trails to discover the variety of nestboxes available to help give nature a home. It is free to take part, though normal admission charges apply to non-members.
    There are also Wildlife Explorer backpacks to hire for budding nature detectives and a den building area in the woods to get active and creative.
    Whilst some winter flocks will be preparing to leave towards the end of February, others like the iconic avocets normally start arriving at Burton Mere Wetlands around the middle of the month.

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  3. Not just a Med Gull readying itself for spring. Yesterday I heard a snatch of Blackcap song in Corronation Park Ormskirk, and this morning the Skylarks were giving it plenty above the Green Beach in the sunshine, despite the perishing wind…

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