We eventually reached the place from where we could see if the Barn Owl was visible, and again it was. I couldn't resist another record shot of it.
|Barn Owl still asleep|
Wandering back we discussed last week's Redpoll. I could tell that Dave wasn't convinced. He said things like "not as pale as the one the other year," and "not as pale as the one I saw at Marsh Lane a couple of years ago." After staring at today's Lesser Redpolls I have to say that I am also starting to feel a bit queasy about it.
Here is a reminder.
|One of the Lesser Redpolls this week|
|Last week's bird|
We failed to reach a conclusion, but I feel I have to clamber onto the fence which Dave, to his credit, is balancing on, and relegate last week's bird to Redpoll sp.
We are of course crack birders and find it quite impossible to make a mistake. So when we surveyed the ridge field a little later a dark lump immediately excited our attention. Rather Owl shaped isn't it. Could it be a Buzzard? It is a bird isn't it? Oh yes it just moved its head.
I took a picture of what was surely an Asio Owl.
Tune in next week to see what else I can get wrong.