Saturday, 2 March 2013

Early Visits Pay Off!

I was keen to get out for my first visit of the month to Reculver so at 5.30am I was driving around the lanes looking and listening for Owls. I pulled up at a site I often listen for Owls at and within seconds I could hear 1 Little Owl (108) calling, excellent and about time too. I listened for a few minutes before driving on. As I passed Shuart 1 Barn Owl flew by down the lane and a Grey Partridge could be heard calling. I then parked up at Chambers Wall in the growing light where 2 Grey Heron flew by and whilst having a cup of coffee by the car 5 Marsh Harrier passed through with 4 over the car park together. Walking down to the railway line c260 Cormorant passed overhead, 1 Peregrine was seen, 1 Water Rail called and 1 Goldcrest called. I walked on down to Coldharbour where I saw 1 Barn Owl hunting, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Kestrel, 1 Reed Bunting, c100 Lapwing over Shuart distantly and the walking along the seawall I noted 18 Curlew, 6 Mallard, 34 Oystercatcher, 4 Sanderling, 20 Redshank, 2 Meadow Pipit, c25 Brent Geese, 3 Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Bar tailed Godwit, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Grey Plover and 4 Skylark were in song. I met up with Julian along the seawall and we walked inland and noted 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 7 Shelduck, 1 Bearded Tit (109) was heard and seen well, 1 Barn Owl was hunting, 3 Little Grebe and a few duck including 1 Pintail, 7 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard and 6 Teal. Other birds today included 1 Bewick's Swan, 13 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Wagtail and walking back towards where I heard the Little Owl earlier in the dark was a good move as we located it sitting out on a farm building. 
Out of interest I don't know if someone can help. Whilst playing with the blog I published some work and saw that I only had one post coming up. The only way I could change this was to go to design, settings, posts and comments and change the 'show at most' box to 500, well that's what I put in anyway. Could someone see what they have in this box and if I am right in doing this. I had 1 in this box when I looked earlier which seemed a problem, only letting me see one post on my blog. Thanks in advance.

Little Owl


  1. Marc,
    Well done on finding the Little Owl at last ;-)
    As for the blog problem, setting that number you refer to at '1' will allow one post (or day)- the latest, to be viewed on your page. If you set to 500 you will have the maximum number of posts allowed showing on your front page. I have mine set to 4.

  2. Marc ,
    Mine is similar to Warren's .
    It's set at 7 , don't remember setting it , could be their default number .
    Great Little Owl .

  3. That's a fine piece of Owloligy, lol. The early morning is precious. I went, as I normally do, to an owl place, but, couldn't see any owls, never mind.

  4. Sounds like a productive day! Fabulous Little Owl photo!!

  5. Great little owl Marc. I can see at least four days posts.