Back to Liddington Castle

On my way home from work I stopped off at Alexandra Park to check out the Plover flock. Similar numbers of Golden but more Lapwing although this time they were scattered across three fields with some being pretty distant. Having got a bit lazy with birding from the car at Barbury several times recently a report of four Short-eared Owls in the Liddington Castle area yesterday made me get my walking boots out. I made my way up there at a little after three and was rewarded with a sighting of a single bird at just before four. It was flying quite high and being hassled by a corvid. It then dropped down low and out of sight. Then it started to rain which unusually hadn’t been forecast! This stopped after about fifteen minutes and fairly soon after first one and the another SEO appeared.  Both stayed high up and both were being hassled by corvids, one of them by at least four. Eventually they disappeared from view so I headed off home. Other birds seen were a hundred plus Fieldfare, Redwing,Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit, Kestrel, Buzzard and several gulls. Nice to have local SEO, I may try for them from the bedroom window tomorrow.

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