Friday, 15 September 2017

15th September 2017 (Part 2)

One of the farm workers told Brendan about a large white bird that had turned up yesterday afternoon and had been feeding in the fields he and his cousin were working. It was still present this morning. Brendan refound it in a field by the Gun Emplacement and it was a White Stork. Brendan got these excellent shots of it below. Unfortunately it does appear to be suffering a little wing damage! I was having a chat with Phil earlier and we have seen thousands of these migrating in Southern Spain at a similar time of year, we can't remember many with wings in this state. Couple that with a metal ring on its left leg and I think it may lead to a conclusion of 'dubious origin'.

Also in the area, the Short-eared Owl (photo by Brendan below) was still present at Hope Point, 127 Chiffchaffs, 19 Blackcap, five Lesser Whitethroats, three Whitethroats, seven Goldcrests and a Wheatear.

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