Peregrine Falcon © Carl Corbidge
Peregrine Falcon Female © Carl Corbidge
Common Toad © Carl Corbidge
Great Crested Newt (in situ) © Carl Corbidge
Smooth Newt © Carl Corbidge
We woke to fog Saturday Morning that didn't clear until gone dinner time. We checked a potential new adder site but only had a Viviparous Lizard. We then headed over to a Slow Worm Anguis fragilis site. I don't normally see these up in the north until the first week of April but with the warm weather we found a male and a female, my earliest date so far. After this I thought we would try a couple of sites where there are Grass Snake Natrix natrix as well as Slow Worms however no further herps were found. En-route we saw a few Buzzards Buteo buteo and several Kestrels Falco tinnunculus along with some other avian sitings..
Matt and Slow Worm © Carl Corbidge
Curlew © Carl Corbidge
Matt went home Saturday evening. Sunday evening I went out a couple of miles up the road to try and photograph Brown Hares Lepus europaeus, I have recently seen up to 6 but they're easily spooked and bolt off at the first sign of trouble. However I have managed a few shots. The Little Owls were in residence and I even managed to photograph them together (Monday evening). An Oystercatcher Haematopus ostraegus was a surprise in fields along with Lapwings Vanellus vanellus and Curlews Numenius aquata. However the best was yet to come heading back home I spotted an owl flying, I thought great a short eared owl but as it landed on a wall even better a Long Eared Owl Asio otus and the first one i have seen flying in daylight.
Above and Below Brown Hare © Carl Corbidge
Above 3 photos Little Owl © Carl Corbidge
Above 3 photos Long Eared Owl © Carl Corbidge
Oystercatcher © Carl Corbidge