A late afernoon walk south of the village proved successful as I discovered and photographed the local barn owls. A superb sight, with one catching prey within 5 minutes of hunting. Photos here, in poor light, show the bird resting and hunting as well as carrying a vole off.
Also on offer, several lesser black backed gulls headed south, a kestrel was also observed. Fieldfares were frequent but no redwings. A common buzzard, the local resident, was een soaring again. In all 24 species were recorded with yellowhammers ubiquitous and several moorhen calling from the River Ash.
The barn owl today was my 82nd species for the year.