24 January 2013

Fleeting patch visit

Quick visit to Staines Moor at lunch time today produced 1 Short-eared Owl hunting in NE corner and being mobbed by Carrion Crows (1400h), 2m Pheasant and a Grey Heron (no Fieldfare movement noted in this very quick visit). On Stanwell Moor a Water Rail showed briefly on the willow chocked pool and a male Sparrowhawk flew past, but no sign of the reported Bittern. On the way a Red Kite drifted W over the M25 just south of the M3 junction at 13:20. Most of the snow melted now.

Saw a birder trespassing on Stanwell Moor, approaching the reedbed near the board walk by the entrance to Staines Moor, presumably looking for the Bittern. I was on the path and initially I walked past him as I was due back at work for a meeting. Within seconds I decided to turn back to confront him, during which time he had hid and chose not to answer when I called out. There's always one idiot that crosses the line isn't there?

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