Aust Wharf /Northwick Wharf Short Eared owl Diary 2011/12

3-8-2011
The first Returning short Eared Owl was Seen on the 3rd of August by myself at Aust Warth about an hour before dusk.It was seen to be hunting and eventually went down into the long grass.Unfortunatly the bird did not show the following day and was not seen again.I believe it was a very early returning bird that was heading further south and stopped off on the suitable habitat of the warth.
No further sightings since and it will be interesting to see when the overwintering birds start to arrive.

29-10-2011
A Short Eared Owl was reported at Aust Warth this morning.

01-11-2011
A short Eared Owl was reported early afternoon at Aust Wharth and was later seen by me just before dusk.

02-11-2011
A short eared owl showed again from 4.55pm tonight

03-11-2011
A single short eared owl from 4.55pm again tonight.

04-11-2011
At least 3 short eared owls on aust warth from 4.30pm tonight.
I counted 3 flying at once and possibly another but it started raining and put them all down ,it will be interesting to see how many show tommorrow.
Further imformation passed on that the owls were flying at 3.30pm.

05-11-2011
I saw 2 shorties tonight at 4.30 and heard another was seen making 3 in total.The owls were also sighted at 4pm by paul bowerman.

06-11-2011
Only 1 owl showed this evening at 4.20pm in sunny clear skies.

07-11-2011
1 Short eared owl was seen to be mobbed by passing crows at 7am.Later 2 short eared owls were disturbed from roosting at 3pm.

08-11-2011
1 owl seen sat on log at dust in very light drizzle.

09-11-2011
No sign of any owls at dusk today. Very light drizzle may have stopped them flying but one was reported earlier.

10-11-2011
An owl was seen at 10.20am and at dusk

11-11-2011
An owl showed early morning and again from 3pm.

12-11-2011
An owl was flying early morning after being mobbed by crows and again early afternoon.This owl has distinctive ragged/torn tail feathers as in pic.


13-11-2011
2 owls today.An owl was flying at 2pm and at 3.30 another showed.


14-11-2011
An owl was seen flying at both dawn and dusk.

15-11-2011
At least one owl flying this afternoon

16-11-2100
An owl was flying at 11.10am and 2 were seen near dusk.

17-11-2011
2 owls were seen at dusk today.

18-11-2011
2 owls showing well today on and off .sometimes together and sometimes at seperate times.

19-11-2011
2 owls reported today

20-11-2011
2 owls reported again in the afternoon.

21-11-2011
An owl seen briefly at dawn in very poor drizzly weather.

22-11-2011
A short eared owl was seen today

23-11-2011
2 short eared owls were seen at dawn but they were not hunting,they were going to roost.

24-11-2011
1 owl seen late afternoon.

25-11-2011
No reports of any owls

26-11-2011
No reports of any owls

27-11-2011
2 owls showed near dusk today

28-11-2011
A single owl showed well at midday today.

29-11-2011
No reports today

30-11-2011
No reports today

1-12-2011
Single owl reported to be showing well this morning.

2-12-2011
No reports today

3-12-2011
No reports today

4-12-2011
No reports today.

5-12-2011
A short eared owl was hunting at 9.30am today.Did Not show pm till 3pm at least.


6-12-2011
No owls reported

7-12-2011
No owls reported

8-12-2011
The owls seem to have done a bunk. Very few reports lately.

9-12-2011
no owls reported

10-12-2011
1 owl reported early in the morning but did not show again until dusk.

11-12-2011
1 owl showed between 8.30am and 9.15am and again at 3.30pm.

12-11-2011
No owls reported today

13-12-2011
Heavy rain and sleet all day .Not suprisingly no reports today

14-12-2011
Heavy rain and sleet,again no reports.

15-12-2011
1 owl reported just before dusk.

16-12-2011
No owls reported today

17-12-2011
No owls reported today

18-12-2011
No owls reported today.

19-12-2011
No owls reported today

20-12-2011
no owls reported today

21-12-2011
No owls reported

22-12-2011
No owls reported

23-12-2011
No owls reported

24-12-2011
No owls Reported

25-12-2011
No owls reported

26-12-2011
No owls reported

27-12-2011
No owls reported

28-12-2011
no owls reported

29-12-2011
no owls reported

30-12-2011
no owls reported

31-12-2011
no owls reported.

1-1-2012
No owls Reported

2-1-2012
no owls reported

3-1-2012
No owls Reported

4-1-2012
No owls reported

5-1-2012
No owls Reported

6-1-2012
No Owls Reported

7-1-2012
No Owls Reported

8-1-2012
No Owls Reported

9-1-2012
1 owl reported briefly at 3pm

10-1-2012
1 owl reported at Dusk

11-1-2012
No Reports

12-1-2012
1 owl showed in the gloom in near darkness.There was a spell when the birds only showed at near dark/dark last year.Very different to a november where they appeared regular in daylight hours.Hopefully another bird or two will appear and start to show in daylight as they did march/april last year.

13-1-2012 to 17-1-2012
no owls reported

18-1-2012
no owls reported

19-1-2012
No owls reported

20-1-2012
No owls reported

21-1-2012
No owls reported

22-1-2012
No owls reported

23-1-2012 to 27-1-2012
no owls reported

28-1-2012
A dog walker disturbed 5 roosting owls late afternoon. There have been few reports this month,to get 5 is a bit of a mystery.They are either flying after dark hence no sightings or 5 new arrivals came together , there have been no reports for nearly 2 weeks.

29-1-2012
1 owl reported flying at 5pm today.

30-1-2012
3 possibly 4 owls on aust warth from 5.15pm.Also another owl almost certainly another short eared owl south to north across the b4461 between aust and elberton.

31-1-2012
2 short eared owls this evening,the first showed at 5pm and was heard calling, the other not showing till nearly dark when the birds interacted before going seperate ways.

1-2-2012
At least 1 owl showed very late at 5.30pm.

2-2-2012
2 owls were seen very late at 5.40pm along with a large bat flying over.
The owls seem to be routinely nocturnal at the moment with no real daylight appearances.Not good views at the moment.

3-2-2012
1 owl showed at dusk.

4-2-2012
no reports today.

5-2-2012
no reports today

6-2-2012
no reports today but i expect they are still here,but in nocturnal mode.I will try again at dusk in the next day or two.

7-2-2012
No reports today and none seen at dusk on my way home from work.

8-2-2012
No reports

9-2-2012
2 Owls seen at 7am on aust warth ,just as they went to roost.Still no reports of daytime sightings of late.

10-2-2012
No reports

11-2-2012
No reports

12-2-2012
3 owls seen very late in almost darkness.

13-2-2012
2 owls sat near each other and seen to go to roost at 7am on my way to work.On my way home no sign at dusk.

14-2-2012
no reports

15-2-2012
I stayed until dark tonight and saw an owl silhouetted against the river at 6pm.A vole ran across the road and good numbers of voles may be the reason the owls are not needing to hunt by day.

16-2-2012
1 owl showed as darkness fell.

17-2-2012
5 owls were disturbed by a dog walker for the second time in a few weeks.

18-2-2012
no reports

19-2-2012
1 owl reported 4-5 pm

20-2-2012
no owls reported

21-2-2012
no reports

22-2-2012
no reports

23-2-2012
2 short eared owls were seen at dusk.

24-2-2012
no reports

25-2-2012
7 short eared owls were were displaced by the high tide.

26-2-2012
2 owls showed at dusk

27-2-2012
no reports

28-2-2012
2 owls showed as darkness fell.

29-2-2012
1 owl showed at dusk 6.15 pm

1-3-2012
3 owls showed from 6.10 pm. 1 bird showed slightly earlier than of late and i am going to stick my neck out and predict there will be some owls showing slightly earlier in the next few weeks rather than in near total darkness.If its raining dont even bother to look as they dont like flying in wet weather and rarely do so,however the forecast of rain next week may force a change in the birds hunting times and could bring more daytime sightings.

2-3-2012
1 owl reported 6.25pm

3-3-2012
no reports

4-3-2012
no reports

5-3-2012
2 owls seen as dark fell 6.35,no sign of any daylight sightings yet.

6-3-2012
1 possibly 2 owls showed as dark fell.

7-3-2012
no reports

8-3-2012
1 possibly 2 owls showed from 6.25pm

9-3-2012
2 short eared owls were pushed out by the morning high tide and another was seen at 4.10pm.

10-3-2012
3 owls were forced out from their roost by the morning high tide.

11-3-2012
4 owls were seen hunting from 5.35pm

12-3-2012
I saw 5 owls hunting together from 4.40pm with later reports of possibly 6 owls.they settled down around 6pm after continuous hunting from 4.40pm.They were also seen hunting in the morning around 11am.This week is probably going to be an exellent time to visit .The owls seem to have broken their nocturnal habits and may well show well for the whole week,but as ever you never know with these birds.You take your chances.They wont be here much longer though,they start to leave around the end of march not returning until october/november.

13-3-2012
4 short eared owls were hunting from midday.

14-3-2012
3 Short eared owls were hunting and showing very well on and off from midday.

15-3-2012
5 owls were seen hunting mid afternoon.

16-3-2012
Just 1 owl seen hunting today.

17-3-2012
At least 4 short eared owls again today,often visable from lunchtime till dusk with bursts of hunting and resting up on logs while the mist nets were out.


18-3-2012
5 short eared owls hunting mid afternoon onwards,1 bird showed late morning.

19-3-2012
3 birds were seen late morning,1 was flushed and flew low across the river to Wales and the Gwent coast.No reports of any sighting this afternoon.

20-3-2012
No owls reported today although it was a windy day and that may be a factor as they dont like hunting in a strong wind.Getting close to the migration time of these owls though and they may leave anytime in the next few weeks.

21-3-2012
3 owls showed well in sunny/calm conditions much of the afternoon.

22-3-2012
2 Short eared owls showed this afternoon

23-3-2012
3 short eared owls showed well in the afternoon

24-3-2012
4 short eared owls showed very well most of the afternoon.

25-3-2012
2 short eared owls showed in the afternoon,they will be leaving anytime soon to return to their breeding grounds but they may linger into april if we are lucky.

26-3-2012
At least 3 owls showing well most of the afternoon.

27-3-2012
At least 3 possibly 4 owls showing well this afternoon.

28-3-2012
3 owls showing in the afternoon.

29-3-2012
3 owls already showing when i arrived at 4.45.

30-3-2012
3 owls again today but they were not seen until around 5.30pm

31-3-2012
No short eared owl reports today but a LONG EARED OWL was flushed from hawthorn/elder scrub at severn beach.

1-4-2012
No owls reported today

2-4-2012
No owls reported again today,they may have left for their breeding grounds.If they have left there is still likely to be more birds stopping on migration for a day or so.

3-4-2012
An owl was out hunting at 7am

4-4-2012
A rainy day with no reports.

5-4-2012
3 short eared owls showed this afternoon at 5pm

6-4-2012
3 short eared owls were seen this afternoon

7-4-2012
3 short eared owls showed again at 5pm

8-4-2012
4 short eared owls were flushed by the high tide today.

9-4-2012
4 Short eared owls were ousted from the long grass by the high tide.

10-4-2012
At least 3 owls were hunting from around 5.30pm.One of them has a loose primary feather and is very accommodating and not at all nervous and has a liking to land on fence posts which has not been the case with the other owls i have watched this year ( most prefering to land on shoreline logs).


11-4-2012
4 owls showed briefly between the rain.Including the loose feathered Bird.

12-4-2012
3 owls were seen this morning and at least one was seen at 5pm but there may have been more later.The owls will not be here much longer,the best chance to see them is late afternoon into the evening.

13-4-2012
3 short eared owls showed today

14-4-2012
2 short eared owls showed today

15-4-2012
2 short eared owls were flying at 5.30pm

16-4-2012
1 owl reported today.

17-4-2012
no reports today in very windy conditions.They may still be about,best looked for after 5pm in dry calm conditions.They will fly in windy conditions but if it is both windy and raining they often do not show.

18-4-2012
No reports

19-4-2012
2 owls reported this morning

20-4-2012
3 owls were seen this evening

21-4-2012
3 short eared owls were seeen again today

22-4-2012
3 short eared owls remained ,the loose feathered photogenic bird still here.

23-4-2012
1 owl reported today although others were probably here.

24-4-2012
4 owls reported around 4pm.including loose feather.

25-4-2012
no reports

26-4-2012
A short eared owl was hunting at 7am.

27-4-2012
2 short eared owls were hunting at 4.30pm.

28-4-2012
unsuprisingly no reports in a very rainy day

29-4-2012
no reports in even worse weather,torrential rain all day.

30-4-2012
1 owl was seen on aust wharf today ,another was seen a severn beach.

1-5-2012
2 owls were seen from 4pm

2-5-2012
1 owl reported today.

6-10-2012
A short eared owl showed at 5pm and a Barn owl was seen briefly at dusk.

7-10-2012
A short eared owl showed early evening.

8-10-2012
rain all day,no reports.

9-10-2012
2 shorties Showed from 5.30pm tonight.

16-10-2012
2 short eared owls showed from 5.30pm and a barn owl was seen after dark.


17-10-2012
2 short eared owls and a barn owl showed today

18-10-2012
A short eared owl showed at aust wharf and a little owl was seen at severn beach.

19-10-2012
2 Short eared owls were seen both in the morning and evening.

20-10-2012
2 short eared owls showed well this afternoon.

21-10-2012
2 short eared owls and a barn owl were seen at aust wharf today.

22-10-2012
A single short eared owl showed today.

23-10-2012
A single short eared owl showed again today.

24-10-2012
A short eared owl and a barn owl were seen at aust wharf today.

25-10-2012
No owls reported today

26-10-2012
no owls reported today

27-10-2012
The barn owl showed today but the short eared owls seem to have moved on.

28-10-2012

No owls showed today,the chances of seeing a short eared owl are slim at the moment until some new ones arrive. Last year the owls were not seen until the 29th of october.

29.-10-2012
A short Eared owl was at Aust wharf in the afternoon.This may be a new bird in.It will be interesting to see if any others turn up in the coming days.

4-11-2012
no reports of any owls recently

6-11-2012
A short eared owl at aust wharf 5pm. No reports of the owl showing earlier than this (dusk).

14-11-2012
Very few reports of any Owls lately.Probably best not to plan a trip to see them at the moment.They will turn up sometime soon .

27-11-2012
No reports of any owls since my last update. Not worth visiting at the moment as the chances of seeing an owl are slim.Although they will turn up sooner or later and often when it happens it is more than one that arrives.

4-12-2012
Only one report lately of a short eared owl at dusk.

15-12-2012
Still no short eared owls reported . I looked at dusk and no owls were seen.They will arrive sometime,but its just a case of trying your luck at the moment.Once they arrive they usually stay a while ,So keep an eye on the reports for the best chance of seeing them.

2-1-2013
Still no sightings.Not worth going out of your way at the moment.I would wait until sightings are regularly reported.Lets hope they arrive soon,although the same pattern happened last year,very quiet midwinter with more sightings early or late winter.

4-1-2013
I stopped off today at aust wharf at 3.45 until dusk.No sign of any owls.

8-1-2013
Still no owls showing.

14-1-2013
A barn owl has recently been seen at dawn and dusk but not a cert.Still no
sign of any short eared owls but the cold weather may bring some new birds south.

19-1-2013
A Short eared owl was reported at aust wharf today,no news on what time of day.

22-1-2013
A barn owl showing well early in the morning

23-1-2013
The barn owl showed well again this morning

24-1-2013
3 short eared owls were flushed from aust wharf today but are only flying at dusk at the moment. A barn owl has been very very showy the last 3 days early in the mornings and less showy late afternoon.

26-1-2013
2 short eared owls eventually showed at Aust Wharf at 5pm.They have been here 3 or 4 days now but are not showing other than at dusk so far.
A barn was seen on nearby northwick wharf from 3pm .Its probably the recent Aust wharf barn owl that has just moved 1/2 a mile further down the coast for today at least.

1-2-2013
A single barn owl showed on Aust wharf at 5.30pm

2-2-2013
2 Barn owls showed from 4.50pm but no short eared owls reported.

5-2-2013
I had a quick sighting of a short eared owl at 5.30pm (dusk) flying from aust wharf across the road heading inland tonight.Still no daylight sightings.

14-3-2013
A barn owl showed well on and off today.

15-3-2013
3 short eared owls were flushed at dusk by a walker.
I believe they have been present a long while but are not showing in daylight hours.This is following a very similar pattern to last year.
Expect daytime sightings from mid march till may if they follow last years
feeding pattern.

19-2-2013
A barn owl and a short eared owl showed at the same time an hour before dusk.

29-3-2013
A barn owl and 1 sometimes 2 short eared owls have been showing at aust
wharf sometimes at dawn but more often at 4pm.They have been seen at other times during the day but 4pm seems to be best at the moment.
After sunday the clocks change so allow for the hours difference.

22-4-2013
A short eared owl was at aust wharf at 7pm this evening and 1 or 2 owls
have been seen regularly in the afternoons this last week or so.