Whilst I record on all nights that promise to stay dry the intention is to record what species are flying over Lytchett bay on migration in spring and autumn, I mostly record species that are what I consider local and can be seen most days in the recording area. (https://www.birdsofpooleharbour.co.uk/sites/default/files//011217%20A%20Guide%20to%20Birding%20Lytchett%20Bay-2.pdf)
Unfortunately where I am situated isn't a nocturnal migration hot spot, well not yet anyway, but in saying this I occasionally get a reward like the Golden Plover in our last blog. I suppose that's why I do it for that odd surprise and when you get a real close contact where it calls above the parabol, that is really rewarding. It just doesn't happen enough but when it does it makes listening to all those hours of silence worth while and when you get probably one, ie the Golden Plover, you don't expect another soon. To my surprise and joy as I viewed through my next nights recording I came across what was obviously a loud sound (see sonogram blow). Usually these sounds normally turn out to be something manmade so as I put the headset on I didn't have great expectations but how wrong was I. As I heard the sound I let out a loud "Yes" and Jackie asked what is it, I said listen and handed her the headset and replayed the sound she looked puzzled then the realisation of what it was dawned on her Barn Owl! she replied.
I've only record Barn Owl twice before both times were somewhere near the edge of the bay probably a hundred metres away or so but this was very close if not over the bungalow or at least the garden.