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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Queensbury Tawny Owl

                                        Spot the Tawny
                                    Keeping in out of the wind and rain
                                    Took some finding today

A blustery day with a howling gale and heavy rain , sleet and snow showers pm.
In desperation for my daily update for the blog I called at the local Tawny Owl site at lunchtime to see if the bird had returned after the spell of severe weather. After a bit of searching and knowing roughly where it favours in bad conditioned I finally located it deep in the foliage. No way was it going to let me get a decent shot of it as it kept tucked well in to the trunk whilst the tree swayed in the wind.
At least I know it survived the cold spell and returned back to its favourite roost.
Otherwise things are still quiet but hopefully this wind will move the birds around.
With one or two Slavonian Grebes around, see Calderbirds and Birdbrain, theres always a chance of one at Ogden or Fly Flatts.
Fly Flatts has had 3 records in previous years but always summer/ autumn birds , these being
August 1942,  August 1950 and October 1958 and the last sighting for this area was Ogden 10/01/1997 DJS.
These references were taken, thanks to NCDs book,The Birds of Halifax. and Vertebrate Fauna of the Halifax Parish, by the Halifax Scientific Society.
BS

3 comments:

DJSutcliffe said...

Nice one with the Tawny and thanks for the history bit on Slav's. Those Aug and Oct records are way before my birding days - surprisingly!! wonder if they were still in 'summer plum'

Brian Sumner . said...

Probably would be at that time of year Dave. Theres probably been many more through undetected.
What I want to know is, where was my grapevine text message in 1997 ??

DJSutcliffe said...

Now was that before mobile phones? Smoke signals must not have reached you up there!!!!