Saturday, October 07, 2006

Barn Owl strangeness

On the way to Kettleness this a.m. noticed a Barn Owl sitting on the kerb at the Lealholm junction. Picked the bird up which although weight seemed ok was almost comatose. However, it gradually recovered and after about 5 minutes flew off hunting - appeared to perhaps have some damage to right eye. A vehicle collision seems the likely cause.

Kettleness very quiet - Gannets both ways, 18 Sandwich terns south in the hour and almost no auks were most notable. A grey heron and a Turnstone went west.

Scaling was a bit more lively with in excess of 148 Teal - there were more tucked out of view mostly. A Shoveler, Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruddy Duck and 3 Pochard were new. Some Skylark movement with a three and then two more individuals or samll numbers heard going north. There had been plenty of Pinkfeet on Tuesday.

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