Long-tailed Tit (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Treecreeper (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
The Day started well with a large falcon attacking pigeons & then landing on a bright yellow perch (see 17th Feb post). Seems it may be in the area quite a lot! Then off to today's location. The morning was a bit still, which didn't augre well for the large raptors. However, we had 4 Buzzards in the morning plus Kestrel, Marsh Tit, Bullfinches (heard), a Mistle Thrush, plenty of Song Thrushes, 2 different laughing Yaffles, and a calling Tawny Owl. The afternoon was cloudier, windier and cooler, but we saw 3 Red Kites in the sky at the same time, plus a group of nearly 10 Siskins (first time at this location) and a confiding Treecreeper. We also spotted a Sparrowhawk, but nothing really unusual. This site was starting to become more alive after last week's very poor showing - spring is coming and the relentless shooting season is over!