I left the Owl alone to hunt, and went looking around the bushes for that Firecrest, but it wasn't found, plenty of GOLDCRESTS and a FLOCK OF 13 LONG TAILED TITS were seen though. I made my way over to migrant alley, and sat on the horse jump to scan the fields, just 5 LAPWING were present, and a dozen or so BLACK HEADED GULLS. In the hedgerow behind my seat, a gathering of 3 BULLFINCH were seen, and 2 YELLOWHAMMERS were further along the same hedge. As it got colder, and the air began to feel frosty, I left for home, via the greenhouse complex. As I came out, onto ashes lane, I once again encountered the Barm Owl, but my heart was in my mouth as it ''bounced'' from one side of the hedge, into the road and back again over the hedge, at one point only narrowly being missed by a car. I hope it's not all going to end in tragedy, I would hate to find it's body along the lane.
So there were not any new species for the year today, but hopefully a full walk round the patch tomorrow morning will produce something, fingers crossed!
PS. The counter on my blog doesn't want to load up onto the page anymore, any of you bloggers out there know what's up with it ? Maybe it's my anti - virus thingy!
Above. The first sighting of the barn owl, as it flew away down the hedge line.
Above: the second encounter, as it flew over my head, whilst I fiddled with the camera. Oh well, least it's a good phto of it's arse !