Ouse valley bird surge

The Cattle Egret apparently remains by the Ouse, and it’s interesting to see the number of other sightings from the area increase as the egret pulls in admirers.

Yesterday, a female Marsh Harrier was reported – the first local record I’ve heard of for some time – and the season’s first Short-eared Owl was reported the day before. The Great White Egret seen at Southease on New Year’s Day was seen again a little way south at Piddinghoe.

Frankly, given the fairly thin coverage of the valley you wonder how many good birds go undetected without the ‘trigger’ of a national rarity to bring in observers.

Also, a good report from Michael Hawkins of two Short-eared Owls on the downs above Berwick and Alciston on Dec 31st. (all records per SOS).

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