Short days and rugby ahve been restricting my nature rambles. One or two birds of interest from last week include 3-5 probably 'northern' bullfinches at the Once Brewed car park (21st Nov), a water rail in a wetland south of Longhoughton (22nd Nov) and 3 light bellied brents (flew north) off Boulmer on the same day. The male bullfinches were strikingly pink-breasted with slatey grey mantles and their calls were very different to our native birds. On the 23rd November, there was a good collection of wigeon, mallard, teal, mute swans, greylag and 1 barnacle goose in flooded fields south of Branton. Branton Pools were relatively quiet .
The highlight of the weekend was seeing a barn owl in the Glanton parish on the 23rd November. This is the first barn owl that I have seen in the parish since the snowy winter of 2010/11. On the 24th Nov, a little owl was calling west of the village and there were at least 3 male tawny owls calling within the southern side of the parish.