And finally, this morning and a dash down the M23 and along to A27 to the Pevensey Horse Eye Levels to see the long-staying Richard's Pipit. It took me a while to find the right spot, having not visited this area before, but I knew I was close when I saw two Short-eared Owl hawking in the fields alongside the road. They were very close by, crossing over the road directly in front of me on occasions.
|Two of five Short-eared Owls seen during the morning|
Thankfully, two other birders were already in position and were clearly watching the Richard's Pipit. I parked and then strolled up and said hello, and one of them – a birder from East Dulwich, who had relocated the bird earlier in the morning (sorry, but if you are reading this I didn't catch your name!) invited me to look through his scope. And there it was, standing typically upright in the field was the Richard's Pipit feeding in its favourite spot.
|The Richard's Pipit on Horse Eye Levels|
|Geoff Gowlett, left, was the man who originally |
discovered the Richard's Pipit on November 6
On the way home, I was amazed to see a Merlin fly across the road on the A27.
It had been a brief visit but an enjoyable one. Coming up soon – the Randon's Ramblings Awards 2014.