Walking a bridleway just west of Castle Caereinion yesterday we came across a Reeves' pheasant ( I was able to get a reasonable photo but for some reason can't upload it from my memory card - has this new blog post format changed the means of uploading pics? - my computer skills are sadly lacking, but I'd appreciate any help). I guess the bird has been captive bred but it is wandering as if wild - and somehow managed to escape being shot when the guns were out recently, despite being pretty noticeable and striking. It's the first we've seen, and we had to look it up to identify it!
Late this afternoon we enjoyed good views of a barn owl quite close to home - we watched it for a good 5 minutes or more, initially settled in a tree and then hunting. Always a treat.