I found this Little Owl at Soyland after a morning on the moors with Matt the herpetologist from Littleborough.
I had a report of a snake on a path from a mountain biking friend. Needless to say we were unlucky and didn’t spot one. It was a bit too cool and breezy.
If anyone hears reports of or sees a snake, please send exact details to the email at the top. Please keep them off the public blog as some people still have an irrational fear of them and kill them on sight. Lizards also, but these are not so vulnerable to humans, so can be put on the blog.
You can also reach Matt on his well-illustrated blog – European Amphibian and Reptile Blog. He is a keen birder and general naturalist and recently saw a juvenile Little Owl with an adult at the Quaker Lane owl site were we have seen them every April for 5 or 6 years in succession on the HSS April walk.
Later in the day there were six curlews probing the soft turf of a tee on the golf course at Ogden.