25 June 2020

A hot and sunny day. Walked down into Hebden Bridge through the woods to pick up a book from the Book Case. Took a nice photo of a carrion crow on the way back.

Carrion crow

Evening, 9pm, stood in the garden with camera at the ready, hoping for a barn owl. It passed by at the same time yesterday. Despite my scepticism, it actually turned up bang on cue, flying around the far edge of the field in front of the house. For a few exciting moments, it looked as if it was going to fly right over me, but, when it was about 30 metres away, it veered sharply downwards into the long grass and emerged a few seconds later with a hapless rodent in its left talon. It then made an immediate bee-line toward the outbuildings at the Farm.

Barn owl

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