When I arrived at Orcombe Point at 0720 it wasn't quite light so my attempts at photographing a hunting Short-eared Owl didn't go well. A little while later, once it was a fair bit lighter, two birds were inadvertently flushed from the dung heap, but my attempts at photographing them were still dreadful...
An enjoyable dawn visit to Orcombe with some northerly in the breeze and overcast conditions before brightening in to a beautiful sunny morning. Totals included my first two Short-eared Owls of the autumn along with my first 'wheezing' Brambling and rattling Mistle Thrush. Also 1+ Reed Bunting, c60+ Pied Wagtail, several Meadow Pipit, Linnet and Skylark, 7+ Chiffchaff, 1 Redwing, 2+ Song Thrush, 30+ Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 7+ Goldcrest, 8+ Chaffinch, c300+ Woodpigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 2 Blackcap, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13+ Starling and 2 Stonechat.
I couldn't find yesterday's Reed Warbler on Warren View playing fields, but a singing male Cirl Bunting was present briefly.
I didn't see any Jackdaw flocks on Orcombe this morning but a flock of about 140 birds went north over the house on my return from this morning's birding.
The first flocks of Woodpigeon went over this morning and they were targeted by at least one Peregrine. My biggest flock was c130 birds which headed south and out to sea.
Good views of some smart drake Pintail off Mudbank this morning.