Yesterday, I visited a number of local sites. The obliging Short-eared Owl pictured below (shame about the twig in the foreground...) was roosting in the lower part of a hawthorn hedge, first time I have observed such behaviour by this species, although it is fairly well documented in the literature. A ringtail Hen Harrier was hunting over some nearby rough ground.
Later in the day I visited Potter Brompton Carr, where a recently flooded field had attracted over 300 Teal. A few Wigeon, 18 Dunlin, 13 Snipe and 150 Lapwing were also present, whilst an adult male Peregrine clearly thought that Teal would make a nice lunch! Excellent to see such a good concentration of birds in an area that has been very dry this winter.
Freelance ornithologist and tour leader based in Scarborough, N Yorkshire.