As soon as I entered the wood a Tawny Owl called quite close by but could I heck find it.
While searching around I heard my first Pied Fly of the year. Further along the path I found two more Pied Flycatchers - in total I found 7 seperate birds - all but one were male and were feeding and singing.
I then went to the nature reserve side of the resevoir and could see that a Great Crested Grebe pair had a nest and the female was sat on the nest while the male continue to add material to it.
I then went to a secret location to see if there were any Ring Ouzel. - There are a lot of people going to the Bollihope area for them, so I decided to minimise the disturbance by going to this other location and as far as I know - nobody goes to look for them there.
I quickly spotted a female Ring Ouzel and she seemed to be both feeding and searching for a nest location.
Then I moved position slightly and located the male bird feeding on the grass beside a stream. I was about 40 yards away from them and just laid down on the grass and watched what they were doing, while digiscoping a couple of photos.
When I looked for the Ring Ouzels again they had gone out of sight.
There were also Dipper and Grey Wagtails and loads of Red Grouse at this location
I saw a total of 7 Common Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk.
A great day out