A stroll in north Deal this evening to watch a hunting Barn Owl, quartering the marshy fields in search of food. It was ghostly fawn-white in the dusking light.
It gave good views both at a distance and as it flew over, but defeated the camera of course.
Consequently, I''l steal some of SteveR's pics.......
On the way home, the rasping call of a young Tawny Owl was heard by the scout camp.
Near the strangly-named Willow Woods (there are no willows, and it's miles from water) is a bank which is covered with tall plants with blue flowers that I'd never seen before. It turns out that it's Chicory, presumably naturalised after seeding by the Highways Authority.
The colour of the flowers is similar to that of Cornflowers, and it's a bright addition to the landscape - more please!Finally, it is reported sadly that one of the adult Little Owls was found dead on the road below the stump. Fortunately the other adult is still there, hopefully able to feed the two chicks.
There was an email discussion recently about Little Owls standing in the road, and it seems that this one may have succumbed from doing this.