Wednesday, 25 January 2012


Today I thought would be another day of seeing nothing. However, I pulled into a lay-by and I could suddenly hear a cacophony of birds squawking. I picked up the binoculars (yes, I even take them to work) and scanned for the sound. I soon found three Jays sitting in a tree squawking at something that I couldn't see. Then came along some Magpies, Great tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird and a Mistle Thrush, but I still couldn't see what they were mobbing.
Now I know whatever they were mobbing had done me a favour by adding the Woodpecker and Thrush to my list, but I really wanted to see the culprit, which I suspect was a Tawny owl. I suspected it to be this because it was either really well camouflaged, which Tawny owls are and the fact the mobbing wasn't forcing it to move. Owls, when mobbed, usually just try to ignore it all and go to sleep. However, I will never know because I never saw it after 10 mins of waiting.
Then, a bit later in the day going through the small village of Blythburgh, I could see some small wading birds feeding on the mudflats of the River Blyth, but could I see a lay-by to stop in to observe more closely? NO! So, again, I am confounded by my situation of being a truck driver. 
However, I still got three species today by finding a rather large Leopard Slug munching on a fallen apple in the garden. So that makes me a happy bunny today.

60 Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major TM104532 25/01/2012
61 Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus TM104532 25/01/2012
62 Leopard Slug Limax maximus TM188434 25/01/2012

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