The sight of a Short-eared Owl patrolling its hunting ground is surely a treat for any birder. This species may be found hunting during the day, typically inhabiting our coastal marshes or rough ground inland, with some sites being home to several birds at a time.
In our region, it is a species of the winter months, when the UK population grows with the arrival of birds from the continent. BirdTrack offers an insight into this influx, and this winter has seen good numbers arriving along the east coast during October.
Short-eared Owls, by Jeff Slocombe
During the Bird Atlas period, 15 records were noted from 5 tetrads, with just one outside the main winter period. A passage bird at Nash Point. Llanilid Opencast and Rumney Great Wharf are the best locations to see this species in East Glamorgan, though its possible to see birds in upland areas too.
You can help our understanding of bird movements, by recording your sightings in BirdTrack.