A dull and at times foggy day with occasional drizzle. Thrushes were back in good numbers today with Redwings into 3 figures. News of a Long-eared Owl at Skaw yesterday sent me north for a speculative punt, fortunately it paid off whilst checking the plantation a LEO flew from the conifers, obviously favouring it for roosting in (unbeknown to us). When it eventually settled it gave good views even though it was constantly harassed by the local Starling population. Also of note a Woodcock flew by and 3 Goldcrest were buzzing around the plantation.
An eventual check of patch was rewarding with 2 Ring Ouzels (patch tick) that showed as well as they do. The Redstart was still around as well as a Chiffchaff, 4 Robin, Blackcap and 5+ Song Thrush. A check of Vats-houll to see if the OBP was still around drew a blank.
Due to it being my sons 11th birthday thought it best to cut short my days birding, to do some dad stuff ? And was rewarded with another Ring Ouzel this time just outside the back door, and was a most welcome garden tick.