A couple of gems

17 Nov

With long winter nights giving the birds less time to feed together with the leaves falling from the trees it’s a good time to be out and about.

Over the past week or so I have spotted a couple of less common inhabitants of wood and field – a Barn Owl and a number of Marsh Tits.

In spite of my amateur efforts to photograph the owl, as it was out hunting along a local river bank, Nick Holland got the good one…… as usual.

Barn Owl – Sherston. Courtesy of Nick Holland

…and my effort….. (it was one of the better ones – my excuse was lack of light even with an ISO at 4,000)


While walking through Grove Wood I came across a small number of Marsh Tits. While not uncommon they are quite hard to spot in woodland light. It takes a couple of seconds to realise they are not Blue Tits or Great Tits.



Till next time…




4 Responses to “A couple of gems”

  1. Martin Rea November 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Thanks for the pictures Geoff especially the ones of the Barn Owl. Would it be a good idea to have a barn owl box in Grove Wood or other suitable location in the parish ?

  2. sherstonwildlife November 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Hi Martin, I think a Barn Owl box at the edge of the wood would be very good – maybe some bat boxes as well

  3. Nick Holland November 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    There was enough light, but you hadn’t allowed enough compensation! Light coloured birds against light skies are tricky. Plus stops would have nailed it

  4. Nick Holland November 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    Sorry, that was meant to say “plus 2 stops”……

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