Tawny Owl, sunning itself – Felbrigg Park
It’s been a few days since I was able to get out around the patch. First bird of note was a Barn Owl, hunting close to the village. This bird was noticeably gingery on the upper parts. Once into the park I quickly located the Spotted Flycatcher family, with one adult and a juvenile showing from time to time. I was half way down the shelter belt, looking at the reasonable numbers of butterflies that now seem to have emerged, when I noticed a strikingly ‘black & white’ wader fly across the gap in the trees – seconds later it gave the diagnostic call of a Green Sandpiper. Most of the usual stuff was around the lake but there seems to have been an increase in the number of singing Reed Warbler, including one close to the viewing screen. Three pairs of Coot have young, with one of them re-building their nest whilst continuing to look after their ‘adolescent’ brood. On the way back the tell-tale noise of mobbing Blackbirds drew my attention to a Tawny Owl sat out in an oak tree, sunning itself. It wasn’t long before the Blackbirds had pestered it to move on though. More butterflies up the lane making for a reasonable list: Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown & Common Blue.