Sunday 16th August 2009
What do Yellow wagtails, Little Owls and Cattle Egret have in common? Answer: they all follow cows. Yes, the most, ney only point of interest on a walk from Burton Hastings to the Lime Kilns on the A5 near Hinckley on Friday was the sight of a Little Owl apparently tracking a herd of cows along a row of fence posts. I have to admit I didnt see the Owl drop down on a worm kicked up by the cattle but then again most of the cows were lying down or standing still but I can think of no other reason the Little Owl would be in such close proximity to the cows. A couple of Linnets and Bullfinch a few Common Buzzard and a thousand Woodpigeon were the only other birds seen although a friend of mine had reported hearing a Turtle Dove along the route a few days earlier.