Out and about 23/04/2013

Late yesterday evening Trev Lee flushed a ring ouzel (a site first I reckon) from near the works at Marston.I was able to get there early this morning,but didn’t have any luck,it had probably moved on as the night became clear of cloud.Plodding round the site produced 5 cetti’s over a large area,4 common whitethroats,2 blackcaps,2 willow warblers,7 yellow wagtails,half a dozen sedge warblers,but still no cuckoo yet.Not a single hirundine seen,they must come a little later when the bugs start flying.10 tufted ducks was a good count for here-nowhere’s more than about 18” deep.

Went home for brekky and then looked around Belton.Grantham birder Dave Woods had informed me that he had had roosting tawny owls this winter so I began searching.Luckily i found one !P1040974P1040992

P1050002P1040991What a priviledge.Got a few pics then left him to snooze.Raven and green woodpeckers made a hell of a racket,while warbler song was a lot more soothing.