The main event of the last afternoon of November was the disturbance, and how few birds could be seen on the reserve. Firstly planes were circling overhead and disturbing the teal.
As soon as the birds settled on the water, the drone of the planes engines could be heard, and off they would fly again. Once or twice the beat of the engine missed, but sadly the plane neither crashed or flew away!
It did eventually fly off to annoy someone else, but then two dog walkers came out from the farm with their dogs.
The light was starting to fade now, so the plane left and peace returned again to the carrs. I was joined in the hide by a couple who had been to North Cave, but had been unable to locate the bean goose. About 4;30pm, when it was almost dark our attention was drawn to a flock of black headed gulls, who were flying about, showing lots of white as they twisted and turned, we then saw a barn owl quartering near the scrape. It landed on a metal gate for a few minutes before flying over the river where it began to hunt along the river bank. It dropped out of sight and we were not able to pick it up in the darkness. A nice end to an afternoons birding.