Barn Owl – 26th January

In the late afternoon a Barn Owl was watched hunting around the northern end of the large gravel pit and was seen to make a successful kill, swallowing the unfortunate rodent whole on the ground before resuming its quartering flight along the hedgerow.  Two Chiffchaffs and a Treecreeper were feeding along the Ouse Dyke and at least 250 Fieldfares and 130 Redwing were feeding in the fields and around the reserve. Several Blackbirds were feeding on the decaying bark chip mounds by the Railway Bridge and 3 Redpoll and 14 Linnets were seen in this area. As the light faded a male Sparrowhawk made a final hunting sortie along the plantation. NM