A couple of hours spent in fields south of The Ford watching owls was a partial success. 4 little owls were heard, with 2 showing themselves in the dusk. Too dark for worthwhile photographs. Plenty of other bird life present. 200+ jackdaws came into a large oak to roost, accompanied by several carrion crows. At dusk a lot of birds alarm called giving indication of their presence. Blackbirds, magpies, great and blue tits, moorhen, pheasant, partridge and yellowhammers were all heard. The culprit for causing all the fuss was eventually sighted running across the field; a stoat. The 2 little owls that flew from their roost also caused alarm calls to be sounded. Parties of redwing, fieldfare and goldfinches flew overhead and a male kestrel was making the most of the fading light. 21 species in all between 3.15 and 4.40.
Photos show a couple of views across the Ash valley.