This morning the blackbirds were kicking up a louder than usual yammering. A quick glance up at the telephone wires, and yes there she was. Our tawny owl was back. We've heard the owls hooting virtually every day for the last couple of weeks and they have been very active in the evenings but this is the first re-appearance of 'our daytime owl'. And very welcome she was too (we assume she's a female because of the size).
Add to that yesterday evening a big bat was heard patrolling the vicinity, the bat detector came out and at around 22mhtz we heard the squelch of a noctule. this adds to the pipistrelle we detected a few weeks ago.
So all the nighttime beasties had better be aware, the predators are out and active.