As is the tradition, i had a look to see which birds i could note on the first day of the new year.
I left it late, not leaving the house till @ 15:00, a jog over the fields left me just enough time to see one or two species (including a Bittern that exploded at my feet ! ) before making my way to a Leo roost.
As the light faded, a pair of Leos commencing their breeding cycle -
Dueting, male hooting while female called from a likey nest area.
There was some limited wing clapping & two pursuits after roosting thrushes.
So, a good start to the year - lets hope the Leos breeding season is more productive than it was in Co.Durham in 2010.
As i came away, the local 'shutters' posed infront of their vehicles headlamps for digi images, with a big dog Fox they'd bagged.
I will keep this web log for owl related topics
& have this new one for my local birding - this year i am looking at the whole City of Sunderland area, aswell as our well known Local Study area