When arriving to the farmhouse we were greeted by House and Tree Sparrows (with a pair mating) and Swallows and a couple of House Martins. A Pied Wagtail sat atop one of the buildings.
Just after fishing the second transect a female Sparrowhawk appeared and flew over our heads, and Robert spotted what he thought was a Little Owl flying into a tree by the road. After some searching with the binoculars we found it, amongst the branches, staring back at us. Cyclists, cars and dog walkers passed by the tree, but the little owl took no notice. This was a great way to finish the visit, a pity that the two raptors won't be part of the survey transects.
Mammals abounded in the square. We found these Roe Deer hoofprints. We came across fox scat, molehills, many rabbits and Robert saw a vole.
Tramp slug (Deroceras)
Pied Wagtail on farm roof
Male House Sparrow
Swallow, showing that they can sit on trees, they just prefer wires.
Male Linnet on sprouting ash.
Red-legged partridges on a field.
Female Sparrowhawk patrolling territory.
Spot the Little Owl.
Pity about the branch across the eyes!
Hundreds of large tadpoles, and a newt in a ditch.