I couldn't get out Saturday and Sunday the ever reliable Met Office told me it would be cloudy (the same Met Office which has warned us of 3 months of really cold and snowy weather this winter!!) so I had two surprises for me 1:Sun 2:Coal Tit on the feeder in the garden, so I rushed for my camera and headed out before the sun vanished....BIG MISTAKE. I hadn't checked the local bird reports and seen there was a pair of Long Tail Ducks up at Summer Leys/Mary's Lake and had decided to go for the Bramblings at Harrington, to be honest I should have turned around and gone for the ducks.
Now one thing that had me puzzled was Maidwell/Blueberry Farm, sadly no Short eared Owls on my visit and I have to wonder if some will turn up this winter. All the fields around the farm have been cut down, some of the fields have small patches of long grass in parts and one has been completely chopped down including the big hill behind the farm, can any Northants birders tell me is this just habitat management or are we loosing an owl site? I'm not sure why but I look at it and think Pheasant Shoot, hopefully I'm wrong but a quick check around Blueberry itself does really have me wondering....hopefully I'm getting worried about nothing, any info?