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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 16:49   #3176
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Had a better look at the Dark Breasted Barn Owl mentioned in my earlier post, managed to get some rough record shots..

After having good close prolonged views additional features were a clearly defined orange breast band and belly and flanks were buff coloured ..also faint dark streaking on the flanks and breast which could only be noted on very close flight views.

The underwing showed a faint orange hue, although views of this particular feature were hard to obtain..

Some dark smudging circling the eyes was also seen on closer inspection of the record shots.

Compared to Alba the upperparts were strikingly dark, and the contrast between the blue grey mantle/wing coverts and the orange/yellow primaries/secondaries were very pronounced.

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 16:52   #3177
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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 17:32   #3178
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I popped into Wacton Common on my way past this evening (courtesy of a training course in Harleston) and bumped into Matt there - nice to meet you and well done for finding such a fantastic bird!

I think Matt has mentioned all the id points I was going to make, including the smudging round the eyes and the buffish tinge to the underwing, so I won't repeat the rest here. I didn't manage to pick out the faint streaking on the flanks tho, but the light had deteriorated by the time I arrived and I didn't get it quite as close as others.

I'm happy with the id as Dark-breasted having read Tim's article and feel others should make the effort to see this delightful bird if possible! I'll certainly go again and hope to get views of it with the Alba that showed up after the DB had disappeared next time for direct comparison!

Good luck to all who go in search....

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 17:37   #3179
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Well done on your find Matt (now beyond a clean sweep!)
I see it wasn't seen again tonight, is the usual?
What times has it shown in the mornings? particularly when does it disappear? I probably wouldn't be able to get over til 8.30+
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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 18:10   #3180
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[quote=matt green;1120655]Thanks for the comments Chris ..nice meeting you!!

David, the pics were taken tonight between 16:00 and 17:00, the bird is very easy to see and requires very little effort if you park by the pond or by Wacton Hall, for the past three evenings the bird has been showing well and active from about 15:30 ..it's also regularly seen in the mornings if not too windy...well worth giving it a go even if you can't get there till gone 8..

It can also be incredibly confiding so an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to get better pics than me!!, best views will be had from the public footpath along the southern edge of the common..this will also limit disturbance while the bird is hunting a relatively confined area.

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 19:03   #3181
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More photos to be uploaded to my flickr gallery this evening but here is the kingfisher for now.

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 19:22   #3182
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what access details would you suggest as the grid ref and directions on the pager are from the north (as for the south path are you talking about the path that leads east from the hall?)
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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 19:49   #3183
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what access details would you suggest as the grid ref and directions on the pager are from the north (as for the south path are you talking about the path that leads east from the hall?)
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Hi David

See map for access details to the south side of the common, parking will be somewhat limited around the green lane near the Hall though.

Hope this helps

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 20:10   #3184
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Hybrid drake green winged x common teal still present at Salthouse this afternoon showing very well on the small pools around the bunting feeding site.
8 lapland buntings in stubble fields just south of the seawall between Thornham and Holme on Saturday afternoon.

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 20:18   #3185
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8 lapland buntings in stubble fields just south of the seawall between Thornham and Holme on Saturday afternoon.

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Hi Paul, good to hear there still in the same field, also heard the 7 Twite were around that area again on Sunday.

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 21:31   #3186
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Started the day off by watching an intriguingly dark coloured barn owl hunting on a local common with a friend today, the bird being on our local patch for the past two months or so but only recently decided to call in for a second opinion on it...
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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 21:55   #3187
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I agree. Very nice bird to find, especially so far inland.

Tried and failed for LS Woodies again in Holkham Park today. I'm told that the harder you try to spot them, the less likely it is that I will! I think next time I'll just wander around aimlessly. I'm thinking that way one is almost certain to land right in my face! Calling Nuthatches, GS Woodpeckers and LT Tits always make a wander through the woods more than pleasent enough though.

The Wareham raptor roost produced 4 Hen Harriers; 3 seperate female-types and a lovely male. As usual, it was tricky to keep track of each bird so there may be more. Also one fem Marsh Harrier, a Barn Owl and a rather fierce shower, followed up by a rainbow. Nothing better than that kind of weather when your out in the coastal 'wilderness'

Hen Harrier upped the year list to 121, if anyone gives a s**t .

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 21:57   #3188
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Will that Barn Owl be a big enough draw to buy a new roof for Wacton Hall when word gets out?

Edit. Or Matt's driving lessons?

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 22:20   #3189
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Haha. We cant be letting Matt learn to drive, he's our main (and one of many) public transport patron on this thread! Him and the other cyclists on here are the only things that get me out on the bike (and rarely on the bus) for birding!



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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 22:29   #3190
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Haha. We cant be letting Matt learn to drive, he's our main (and one of many) public transport patron on this thread! Him and the other cyclists on here are the only things that get me out on the bike (and rarely on the bus) for birding!



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All right, a new pump or saddle then. I think Matt should invest in a bucket anyway.

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 22:30   #3191
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amazing the difference a pager message makes...

no one seemed remotely bothered about the Ludham bird aside from Pom Skua.

Paul, can you briefly describe your GW Teal Hybrid as myself an Ilya saw a bird at the weekend that we considered might have been a hybrid

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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 23:50   #3192
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Haha. We cant be letting Matt learn to drive, he's our main (and one of many) public transport patron on this thread! Him and the other cyclists on here are the only things that get me out on the bike (and rarely on the bus) for birding!



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No need for public transport or bikes tonight Jason!!

I live just ten minutes walk down the lane

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Old Tuesday 5th February 2008, 07:58   #3193
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Hi Tim,

Is the Ludham DB Barn Owl still about? If so, where's the best place to view? Near the bridge?

I'm seeing my kids tonight in Martham and will try for the bird if it's still in the area. I would've done so sooner but got the impression it had moved on.

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Old Tuesday 5th February 2008, 10:12   #3194
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Hi Chris

Unfotuntately it moved on in early January.

Hopefully the bird in Long Stratton will hang around. I still don't really know what these birds are or if they're within the variation of dark female Hens. Nice to see mind. Not sure how many Norfolk birds have occurred inland though...
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Old Tuesday 5th February 2008, 11:07   #3195
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A few more pics from the weekend:

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Old Tuesday 5th February 2008, 16:09   #3196
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Hi Sue, was it with a tit flock or on its own?

Hoping to catch up with it one of these days...

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I was virtually down by the lakeside not far from the obviously huge broken tree stump. There were other birds around (Nuthatch, Chaffinch and a Brambling) but I think it was only a loose association. The easiest time to see them is late February/ early March when they are drumming just before leaf burst. Early to mid-morning on a bright still sunny day is best. You just have to be patient and put the time in on a good day. It usually takes me 5 or 6 visits before I am successful.
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1 close Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harriers and a Barn Owl over Blakeney Freshes this morning. Also 104 Black Tailed Godwits, with about 50% being 1st winters and a couple with Islandica juv. plumage still retained. I'd imagine a lot of the other fully winter plumaged birds in the flock were of the Islandic race as well. One colour ringed. Also 2 Short Eared Owls on the point.

My owl 'spot' didn't reveal any LEO's, but did have a Tawny chasing a Barn Owl in the dusk. Also 2 Woodcocks, 2 Snipe and one hell of a storm. Lightning and everything!

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just saw your post about the teal hybrid.
There is a picture on the cley website of a possible hybrid, presumably the bird Paul saw Hopefully he can confirm.
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2nd winter Glaucous Gull, 3 Caspian Gulls and a Med Gull rptd at Blackborough End Tip today.

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Dave Farrow has posted some pics of the D-b Barn Owl (L Stratton) on RBA

nice pix of a very attractive bird - in one pic the bird looks like a bit like a Bay Owl.

Rural - thanks for the Teal link
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