I was awoken this morning at 5.29 by a female Tawny Owl on the wires just 20ft from my bedroom window giving very loud and repeated kwww-ck calls. She flew off over the house as Blackbirds and Robins in the adjacent trees kicked off with their alarm calls. Not exactly the dawn chorus.
This male Ruff was at Hauxley at the weekend directly in front of the Ponteland hide and chased off any of the other smaller juveniles and females that dared to come close to his part of the pool.
Have twisted work to get a couple of visits to the coast without any flycatcher or warbler success in the last few days somewhat frustrated but nothing new there!