I was watching what at first I thought was a Barn Owl at West Hartford tonight. As I looked closer I could see that it was a very pale Short Eared Owl. Unlike the other WH SEOs this bird flew very quickly from either side of the field behind the main pool.
The other SEOs glide over the field before occasionally dropping down on prey where as this bird kept diving unsuccesfully every 20 seconds or so.
Not much on the main pool tonight apart from a pair of Shellduck and a Mute Swan. Both of the pools have now merged due to flooding.
I flushed a pair of Grey Partridge from the track leading to the pool and there were around 6 Reed Buntings in the area.