As I said in my post earlier today, I went out to look for the Barn Owl this evening with Roy Weller. We positioned ourselves by Harrier Field and waited, joined by Chris Northwood. As darkness began to cover the kingdom I picked up an owl flying perhaps twenty feet up and shouted 'there it is!', Roy and Chris got onto it but it soon became apparent that this bird wasn't right.
It came directly overhead, quite low and we got brilliant views of what was then obviously a Short-eared Owl!!! It continued to make its way casually north east towards Ruffett Wood. No Barn Owl . . . but I think that just about made up for it.
Canons Farm & Banstead Woods Year List 2011: 78 (66 at this point last year)