An early start and a male Marsh Harrier was quickly followed by a Long-eared Owl carrying a chunky field vole, its orange eyes giving me the stare as it flew past (the owl not the vole).
Then a Bearded Tit pinked and gave a brief but close fly by.
Later three birds overhead almost didn't get the second look they deserved as one was a Black-headed gull. As most birders know, when you see something not quite right you look again. In my brain the tern like bird deserved a second glance. Long-tailed Skua ... whoop-dee-doo! The third bird was an Arctic Skua. The two skuas continued inland, perhaps on their way to the West coast?
Anyone know a good ID website?
A Cuckoo ended a very satisfying morning (9:00am). So with the birding slowing I changed tack and looked at the insects.
Greenbotte (Luclia sp?)
Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens)
Large (oops) Skipper