The sun was out this afternoon, and a cool westerly wind blew. I took myself out for a 2hr visit round the patch, first a walk round the stubbles at migrant alley, where the birds were fewer than yesterday, just a couple of MEADOW PIPITS and a flock of 20 or so LINNNET. A flock of 200 ish, STARLINGS fed in one of the paddocks, and in the headland a small flock of 6-7 LONG TAILED TITS, with singles of BLUE and GREAT tit moved through the trees.
I then went to see if the BARN OWL was at roost, I peaked over the hedge, brought the inside of the shack into focus and wow! A pair of Barn Owls! Great stuff, maybe they will breed, I just hope the shack isn't knocked down, as has been threatened. I think i'll knock up a nest box and put it in some adjacent trees just in case.
On through the tree nursery, and a Comma butterfly gave a good chance for me to photo it, but few birds were about, just the odd JAY and a PHEASANT. At the lake area it was all quiet, apart from MOORHENS and MALLARDS, and in the wet woods the only bird of note was a pair of TREECREEPERS, an interesting walk though.
Above: Comma Butterfly