Raven Aerial Combat!
I couldn't really decide where to go this morning, so I gave Napton on the Hill a visit. Arriving just after first light, I walked up to the windmill in order to look down on the old brick quarry. New fencing has been erected throughout the area, and a new picnic table and bench has been placed by the "Royal Observer Corps" plaque. It was colder than I thought and a keen westerly wind did its best to annoy me! After a while, this deer appeared, which I have seen before, but don't know if it's wild, captive or escaped.
A number of Buzzards were calling and mobbed by the local corvids for their troubles.
Apart from several Ravens, very little else was seen, so I returned to the churchyard where again it was quite quiet, but I managed to locate a mixed tit flock which included a number of Chiffchaff.
Long Tailed Tit
A walk down towards the horse paddocks did not deliver anything exciting. As I was about to relocate to Napton Reservoir, Paul C and Martin S arrived, I hope they did better than me!
Napton Reservoir was quite busy with bank fishermen, dog walkers and of course, the sun light was in my face! Again, not a lot about with a Grey Wagtail at the outlet and a Great Crested Grebe feeding its "stripey" offspring, being the best!
Great Crested Grebe
Overhead, Ravens "honked" with at least 12 birds being seen, a couple of which, entertained with "aerial combat skills"!