Barn Owls and Bowland

Barn Owl at dusk
A few highlights from a grand day out at Morecambe Bay and the Trough of Bowland.
Barn Owl
There’s nothing quite like watching 4 Barn Owls hunting over the mosses in late afternoon. Fortunately along the coastal marshes of Morecambe Bay they’re still relatively common. Apparently there’s been a shortage of voles over the winter which has led to the owls hunting from late afternoon onwards.
Barn Owl hunting over the moss
Eyes down   Stunning birds only surpassed by a male Hen Harrier quartering the moss at the same time. Typically it had the sun right behind it so unfortunately no photograph this time.

Also 6000+ Pink Footed Geese, 5000+ Starlings, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Yellowhammers, Tree Sparrows, Linnets, Brown Hares.

We’ll be back

Fiendsdale
The Trough of Bowland

Even Jake was struggling to spot any birdlife. Magnificent scenery and still relatively unspoilt. The only birds of note were 2 Dippers on Langden Brook, a pair of Buzzards and a pair of Oystercatchers.

Langden Brook
Langden Brook close to Langden Castle. (the site of a former overnight prison in the appropriately named Fiendsdale valley once used to house prisoners – especially Witches, on their way to the Lancaster Assizes).

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