Barn Owl over Aylmerton Common. Record shot at dusk – a 2019 ‘patch’ tick
The birding at Cley NWT on Monday was excellent and the weather was very benign. Highlights included 70 Avocet, the very approachable Snow Bunting flock along the shingle bank still, sub-adult Peregrine sat on Serpentine for most of the morning, up to ten White-fronted Geese in two family parties and the 1st winter Glaucous Gull. But perhaps the best wildlife sighting of the day was incredible views of an Otter swimming back and forth along the Catch-water Drain, near the bridge, for most of the day! I’d just got back home when Joe, our Chile-based son, informed me he’d just been watching a Barn Owl hunting over Aylmerton Common. A touch of deja vu from a few weeks ago! I got my kit together and headed off down the lane – fortunately the bird was still there, quartering the field. The light wasn’t good so only record shots were possible – still this is my first Barn Owl on the patch this year -yeh!