We had a fantastic walk along the tracks of the marsh this evening. Started off looking for the Whooper Swan (reported previously from the birdblog), this resulted in me (GG) securing my first ever Whoopers with 5 birds. The birds were where we expected, close to the M56 motorway. Further along the track we were treated to a sighting of a Short-eared Owl hunting over the raised banks of No.6 tank by Lordship Marsh. The usual suspects were present with both Shoveler, Common Shelduck, Curlew and Common Buzzard adding interest to the walk.
Walking back along the track between No.3 and No.6 tanks I (GG) was astonished, surprised and any other expression that could impress how I felt by my best ever birding experience of seeing a Short-eared Owl flying within 10 feet of me, it wasn’t concerned by my presence and continued to hunt along the edge of the banks.
Observers: Guy Groves, Pete Malpas