Tuesday was pretty much a rerun of Friday with a return to the north Wolds. The weather was an improvement with bright skies and virtually no wind. We had only just started when we first spotted one Grey Wagtail & then another – unfortunately, too far off for photography. It was very still so the large raptors were quick to show, but we did eventually have stunning views of Red Kites with more adequate views of Buzzard. The Marsh Tits remained very vocal with their sneezing, but were much harder to track down. One bonus was that the Little Owl was seen by all on the morning group as luckily someone brought their telescope. This was a milestone for Steve as Little Owl became the 200th bird species he has seen in the UK – I don’t all of those have been seen during his attendance of the course. A Treecreeper was spotted after its thin piercing call was heard & this was seen by all but one member who went ahead of the group. He also missed Claude come up trumps when she remembered the name of the fungi, King Alfred’s Cakes.
Quite a lot of the afternoon was spent on speculation on how I was able to point out the Little Owl. It became easier to see as the afternoon wore on, as the changing light made the markings more obvious. We had some good views of most of the birds seen in the morning, but without the Roe Deer. We had longer views of the Treecreeper after lunch, whilst a Sparrowhawk was displaying in the same area as 2 Buzzards. The Marsh Tits were heard sneezing again, but they were still remarkably difficult to see. For once the light was fantastic, so most of the wildlife was seen in excellent conditions, and the cold start was replaced by a warm afternoon, although it had also become quite windy on the top of the hills.