I spent today birding on the Wirral. There were several good birds all was overshadowed by what was possibly my best ever birding moment. I was entering a wooded area (details are being kept secret for a reason!) When I noticed the a large ball of fluff in a dead tree. After a few moment of examination I realised it was a young owl recently out of the nest. I them continued along the path which went very closed to the tree the bird was in, at this point I noticed that there were two youngster sitting there one watched me and the other called for food! At this point I had know idea what sort of owl I was looking at. I suspected they were tawny but they could have been Little Owls. The path i was on returned me to the same point. I had another look at the bird but they took longer to locate as they had moved into a more leafy tree. I had another good look at them, then I noticed some small birds moving in the dead tree so I tried to look at these only to realise that a large adult Tawny Owl with a dead mouse in its mouth was looking straight at me. Probably wandering whether it was safe to approach the little ones. I moved away a bit further and the adult moved straight in to feed the youngsters. These moments don’t come along everyday I guess if I went back tomorrow everything would have changed and the birds will have moved. Remember as well that Tawny Owls are nocturnal, but then again when babies are awake they demand food!
Other Highlights for today were my first ever Lesser Whitethroat in Britain and great views of Green Woodpeckers.