Monday, 2 January 2017

Owls on Beeding Brooks (2 January 2017)

Monday 2 January. A very pleasant sunny afternoon on Beeding Brooks where I saw 1-2 Barn and 4-5 Short-eared Owls. Also Buzzard, Water Rail, 2 Snipe (flushed by one of the Short-eared Owls), 4 Fieldfares, 12 Redwings and 750+ Jackdaws noisily flying east to roost. Earlier a walk around Wolstenbury with Megan, Nessa, Ruth, Emma and Cookie had been quiet birdwise with a pair of Bullfinches the highlight although lovely views across the weald and west along the escarpment of the Downs made for an enjoyable morning.
Barn Owl at Beeding Brooks
returning from a successful sortie

unfortunately these closer images were more out of focus

Short-eared Owl on Beeding Brooks
at least four were seen, this one is probably different

this one might be
as might this one
targeted by surface to air missiles
before taking avoiding action
Sunday 1 January. Heavy drizzle and a strong wind was not the weather one wanted to start the year. Had it been any other day I would probably have stayed in.Three hours at Shoreham Harbour and the Adur was just about worth it with Purple Sandpiper, Greenshank, Kingfisher, 16 Razorbills and a Guillemot the best of the 42 species seen.


  1. What sort of time day is best to see the short eard owls?

  2. Could you please let me know where the owl trail is at Beeding Brooks? I don't know the area at all, and would really like to see the Barn and Short Eared Owls there this winter. Many thanks. Anne


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