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81: 12 Oct 2023 Brisk Morning Walk with a surprise – Short Eared Owl

Location: Shap

Name: Silversteen Graham

Was on my morning walk this morning with Luba (our dog) and looked over the moorland where I spotted a Short Eared Owl, I knew it was one straight away from the yellowy brown colour on it’s top side and the distinct dark circles around its yellow eyes, I normally just carry on walking but this was a sight to be seen. I gave my wife (Julie) a call and she was straight down with the binoculars, we’ve watched it low level for about 30 minutes hunting vole. We will hopefully see some more coming out now it’s getting chillier!

82: 12 Oct 2023 2 Whooper swans

Location: Earnsea Bay

Name: John Forster

Flying south and calling

83: 12 Oct 2023 Off note at Talkin Tarn this morning.

Location: Talkin Tarn

Name: David Dixon

6 Whooper Swans, male Scaup, 5 Gadwall, 3 Goosander.

84: 12 Oct 2023 Whooper Swans

Location: Solway coast

Name: Peter Finn

7 adult Whooper swans of the sea off Maryport Golf Club early afternoon, plus 3 x summer plumage Red T Divers off Allonby, also, c30 adult Whoopers on pond at Parkhead farm SE of Silloth

85: 12 Oct 2023 Whooper swans

Location: Seen from Hartland Road, Barrow-in-Furness.

Name: Peter D Fisher

Flock of about 50 swans, heard before I saw them. Passed by before I had a chance to count them.

86: 12 Oct 2023 2 Greenshank and single Wheatear

Location: Grune Point

Name: Paul Reeves

Late afternoon at Grune point – single Wheatear and 2 Greenshank.

87: 11 Oct 2023 Six Cattle Egrets

Location: Black Dyke Flash, Arnside

Name: Ronnie Irving

SIX Cattle Egrets flew in at 11:30 am

88: 11 Oct 2023 Dotterel – 1 male

Location: Eel Cragg, Buttermere

Name: Barbara Matthewson

89: 10 Oct 2023 Garganey – 1 female

Location: Campfield Scrape Pools

Name: Chris per Birding Cumbria

90: 10 Oct 2023 Whooper Swan & Cetti’s Warbler

Location: Siddick Pond, Workington

Name: Matthew Reeves

Solitary Whooper Swan on Siddick Pond this evening, along with vocal Cetti’s Warbler