Out with Dave looking for owls at first light down the Southam Rd but the blustery cold north westerly were not ideal conditions to be looking in so moved to Grandborough Fields Farm managing a Merlin along Hill Rd. Very little was moving in the valley from our vantage point except for a Sparrowhawk so chewed the cud until Draycote Water opened.
After some searching the male Lesser Scaup that had arrived while I was away was still present but was fooling most of those searching in toft bay by being out in the centre of reservoir before moving closer to lin croft point. Over 40 Meadow Pipits and 12 Yellow Wagtail were on toft and farborough bank with 24 Skylark heading south while the majority of the 200+ Swallow and House Martins were feeding off the north shore. Only other birds of note were female Pintail, 5 Wigeon, 14 Teal and 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull.
After breakfast we took a look at Napton on the Hill and though the areas exposed to the cold wind produced zilch we were more successful on the south side with 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Buzzard, 8 Mistle Thrush and a Hobby.