James has been seeing some Short eared Owls recently round the Loch Gorm area. Charles, a visitor from Derbyshire also commented on seeing a Short eared Owl too, but by chance at close quarters. He had also seen a male Hen Harrier near at hand and a female Peregrine sitting on a fence post less than 20 metres away! Talking of close encounters, last week while we were out on the Corncrake count, a Barn Owl was in the headlights sitting on a fence post. It took off and flew from one side of the road to the other in the headlights, in fact at one point Margaret thought that it was going to fly in through the open window, but veered off at the very last moment!