Hares and owl

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Thursday 22 June around 8.30 p.m. – two hares at the edge of the arable field below Pony Wood. The longer I looked, the lower they sank into the vegetation. Then the rear end of an owl in the Pony Wood “extension”. And after a week of thinking, “That sounds like a partridge!”, I finally saw the culprit.


A request from Philip for help in confirming a sighting he had yesterday. Having consulted various books he’s fairly sure that he saw a pair of Smew ducks yesterday opposite his house in the Flora fields. He described the markings in some detail (snow white plumage, with pencil-line markings in Y-shape). They were touching beaks, so he thought they might be a mating pair.

He and his wife have also recently observed:

  • Heron paddling in Alder Pond (24th April) and one flying over ex-Gleesons Field (26th April)
  • 5 lapwings (26th April, Flora)
  • A hare (ex-Gleesons Field, 18th April)

Any help appreciated.