This morning I headed to Blueberry Farm area and sat on the top of the hill to experience the "eclipse". Initially the sun was very bright but as the moon moved across it became noticeably darker and cooler and the atmosphere felt eerily different. I had company as I sat , three dogs, a pair of Stonechat and 2 Ravens, all of whom did not behave any differently, but the Black Headed Gulls feeding on a nearby ploughed field made some high pitched squealing noises for a few minutes.......definitely creepy !!
Other birds included a female Merlin chasing Fieldfares, Barn Owl, 2 Grey Partridge and 6 Lesser Redpoll.
This afternoon I walked around Sywell Reservoir and in the warm sunshine it really felt as if Spring has arrived. A pair of Smew and a Water Rail were quite elusive whereas a Grey Wagtail and 4 Sand Martins much easier to see.
A short evening walk at Harrington Airfield produced a Barn Owl hunting against the backdrop of a beautiful red and blue sunset sky.