...and a Tawny Owl in the garden.
Monday was another cracking day but a bit hot for the wildlife. Both types of eagle were seen in the morning and a Buzzard taking up it's regular sentry post.
Tuesday was a complete contrast with a cool day that had showers all day but much better for picking up the wildlife. We started the day with a few Mountain Hares and a few Snipe while looking for a male Hen Harrier that had flown past while I was waiting for the guests to arrive. Another location turned up a male Hen Harrier that everyone saw and then a whole heap of birds appeared...Reed Bunting, Wheatear, Bullfinch, Whinchat and Great Tit all in the same place! A Sedge Warbler did it's best to hide from us but we managed to get good views all the same. At our next stop the local gull flock gave away the presence of our first WT Eagle of the day and a small flock of birds we picked up turned out to be a family party of Bullfinch.
My guests for the day, Simon and Ann, had booked me exclusively to celebrate their wedding anniversary but at their request we had picked up a young hitchhiker who was attempting to get to the fossil tree at Burg. The hitcher had to be persuaded that her travel plan was unwise and it would be better if she stayed with us. With that sorted out we found ourselves an Otter and even got a fly past from a WT Eagle too! Could it get any better? Course it can - I saw my first Swift of the year (thanks Ann). We finished the day with 56 species of bird plus the mammal list and Slow Worm - top notch!!