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Sun 3rd March 2013

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The end of the winter has arrived and the sun appeared to welcome us into March. The birding highlight for me was the Barn Owl that I saw along my road - the first one I have ever seen in our immediate neighbourhood. Driving out at dusk on Tuesday I spotted one feeding over the large sloping field towards Capelles School. I couldn't stop but I returned two evenings later and positioned myself tucked in a hedge. As I was so well hidden and I barely moved, when the owl came in to hunt, it stopped and hovered just 10 yards in front of me. Definitely my closest ever Barn Owl - superb.

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Apart from that it was my usual no-birding February, but I did see the Black Brant at Fort le Crocq one day when I was chomping on my sandwiches.

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Black Brant - Fort le Crocq, 19 Feb 2013

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 Pied Wagtail - Cobo, 1 March 2013

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My pan-species listing is going along fine and I have got up to 232 species so far, which I think is pretty good progress. A few highlights below. More detail on the challenge, and also lots of interesting posts from other people on the 1000for1KSQ website HERE.

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 Parophonus maculicornis - garden, 20 Feb 13 - a beetle, notable because this is a non-british species [not identified by me I hasten to add!]

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Silverfish - kitchen, 25 Feb 2013

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Schrenkensteinia festaliella - garden, 2 Mar 2013

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Nothing else to report, so here's a Youtube combining the double genius of Zlatan and Partridge - Mega!

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Categories: 2012-2013 Winter