Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

** Elmley NNR. **

After many many weeks of not blogging I thought it was about time I posted something just to keep me hand in.
I went to Elmley NNR  at 1pm to see what might be showing. I wasn't expecting too much as it is still a  bit early for this reserve to get into full swing. I went later in the day looking for birds of prey.
It wasn't until I settled down in the Wellmarsh Hide that I realised it is 12 years this month since I left my monogram in the corner. I am surprised it has lasted this long.
Back to the birds. There was only one bird that made my day and that was a SHORT EARED OWL at 13:50. I saw this bird in the far distance head on, and as it got a little closer there was no doubt what it was, it's wing beat gave it away, to me it is moth like. It flew onto the reserve and settled on a post near the far bank, it was nice to get a good look at it before the weather started to change. When it did that's when I decided to call time. By the time I left the reserve it was raining hard.
During the couple of hours I was here I saw: 5 Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Mallard, Teal,  Shelduck, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Coot, Moorhen. Lapwing, Curlew, G/B/B/Gull, B/H/Gull, Herring Gull, Rook, C/Crow, Jackdaw, Pheasant, Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch.

I wasn't going to bother with my "Bird of the Day" seeing as there wasn't any competition, but then I thought,  why not, so  here it is, it is the..............*** SHORT EARED OWL.***


  1. Nice one Ken. Always good to see a Shortie! Will pay a visit myself soon.

  2. Good to see another post from you, Ken. I haven't been out on a dedicated birding session in ages.

  3. Wondered where you had got Ken, You saw more in a day than I've seen all year.

  4. Phil.
    Hopefully you will get to see one, and more on your visit.

    Thank you. you will have to get out and about soon and post some of your pics.

    I find that hard to believe, but thanks.

  5. Well done with the SEO Ken , looks like it could be a good year for them .