|Long-eared Owl, Lower Holbrook, January 2004
On most visits to this particular Long-eared Owl roost, all you get is a bird's eye view:
But on visit #5, one bird was more visible, enjoying the sunshine
|Little Egret, Shingle Street, January 2004
|American Robin, Grimsby, Lincs, January 2004
A major birding event occurred at the start of the New Year when an American Robin -
a rare vagrant to the UK mainland - arrived at the most unlikely of places - Industrial
Estate Road 5 on the outskirts of Grimsby, Lincs.
Called a Robin by the early American settlers for obvious reasons, the bird is in fact a
member of the Thrush family (scientific name = Turdus migratorius).
|Preferred American Robin habitat:
"Of all the bacon butty joints in all the towns
in all the world ..."
|Baltimore Oriole, Headington, Oxford 2003/2004
|Another American vagrant to the UK. This very obliging and photogenic bird frequented
feeders on the outskirts of Oxford in December 2003 and remained into the new year.
|Thanks are due to the residents of Northfield Road for their patient and welcoming attitude
to the never-ending streams of visiting birders!
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