Was nearing the sentry box when I spotted a white speck midway between the bridle path and wood. So I quickened pace up to the first gate and sure enough there was a Great Grey Shrike which I understand had returned a few days ago.
Just got the scope on it in time to see a Reed Bunting, of all things, chase it off its perch.
The Shrike relocated nearby and then I thought I could see another black and white bird next to it.
I realised I was looking at the back of a Great Spotted Woodpecker on a trunk, but well beyond the Shrike with the Reed Bunting still looking on.
Always seeking out a high viewpoint
I did watch it catch something but too small to identify
A Buzzard was perched on a bush nearby, Fieldfares fed in the field, and a couple of Kestrels hunted most of the time I was there
No visit could be complete without a couple of owl sightings and when I returned to the goat field there were three active Short-eared Owls