Above: Lapwings, and below a mixture of lapwing, Gulls and Starlings
This morning I had the magical experience of watching the BARN OWL hunting! It was quartering the small field between Ashes lane and the maize stubbles, where the Raspberries are. This is just about the only field with the grass long enough to hold the prey of the Barn Owl, mainly mice and voles. A great start to the week.
Just over an hour was spent on my patch this afternoon, and in the strong biting wind very little was found. A GREY HERON and 5 MALLARD were on the lake, and 6 LONG TAILED TITS were in the bank vegetation. More Mallard were in the wet woods, along with the usual MOORHENS, but no Teal as yet. As I walked through the tree nursery to get to migrant alley, 6 LAPWING flew over. I was disappointed to find the small area of setaside that was to be found along the hedgerow, leading from the tree nursery to migrant alley, had had its fencing ripped out, and I was told it was being put back into crop production. It's only the size of a couple of tennis courts, but HADLOW COLLEGE have obviously fallen on hard times and need every last piece of ground to bolster their profit margins. That piece of setaside was probably good hunting ground for the Barn Owl, maybe the loss of it is why I saw the Owl where I did this morning. Talking of the Barn Owl, the plywood is arriving wednesday, so I can get on and build the nest box.
I spent 20 mins at Migrant Alley, but it was very quiet, only 1 MEADOW PIPIT, 2 LINNET and a single PIED WAGTAIL was noted.