picture: Chris Wynne NWWT
Slightly dingy looking Barn Owl rose from the side of Formby by-pass with prey as I tootled into work this morning at 5.30am (does this still count as "Nocturnal Birding" I wonder?).
First one I've seen in ages, which was reassuring as I was beginning to get worried about 'em after the wet summer.
17 pullus rung by the South West Lancs Ringing Group this year - hardly a record breaking total, but then with the downpours of the breeding season, it was lousy conditions for them to raise a family.
Good to see something else up at the same time as me and the milkmen.
On the subject of nocturnal birding, David Holland e-mailed me with the following gen from the city....
"Tonight (27/11/07) at about 5.30 this evening I was in Liverpool, walking up Parker Street from Church Street to Clayton Square, when I became aware of bird noises in the tops of the three trees above me.
"I looked up and was amazed to see 200+ Pied Wagtails.
Impossible to be accurate with the counting because in the gloom I could only see outlines, but in sufficient detail to observe the black bibs under their chins when the local lighting was right. My guess is that they are coming in from the country, principally local sewage works, to roost up for the night in the warmer environment of the big city. ( Or maybe they are in for some early Christmas shopping!).
"I saw a large number of them on Huyton Sewage Works on the filter beds a week ago when I made a preliminary survey in preparation for doing a Timed Tetrad Survey for the Bird Atlas. I will come back in due course when I have done the survey proper and can give a count for this site."
Thanks David...who else wants to join the Nocturnal Birders Club?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....