My original plan was to head for Draycote Water today to try and photograph the Great-northern Diver,but with reports of Short-eared and Barn Owls from previous days well they are higher up in my favourite birds,so my first day of my weeks holiday off work seen me heading off for Whitacre Heath and have a hour in the hide.
A flock of Siskin flew from the elder trees as I approached the hide but no Redpoll around seemed strange as this use to be a great place to photograph them,but plenty of Great,Blue,Coal,Willow and Long-tailed tits around with the odd Nuthatch coming in and a brief visit of a female Great-spotted Woodpecker.
Chaffinches kept coming down to feed but brought no Brambling in with them,I stayed until about 1pm and then made a move.
I thought It would be a good time to make my way to nearby Coleshill GP
and wait for the Owls to show which was not very long with the first Short-eared appearing about 1.35 this afternoon,followed shortly by a Barn Owl after around a hour a small group of birders started to gather in various areas,Water Rail,Grey Wagtail,Kingfisher,Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk was added to the list,I had watched a Sparrowhawk mob the Short-eared Owl earlier on.
All in all a productive afternoon