Well the chance to get out & test my new toy (Canon 1D Mk111) came up today so a cpl of hrs trip up to Barton-upon-Humber to collect Rich Dawkins & Mandy West alongside Andy Jones & a tour around Rich & Mandy's local patches soon produced the 1st yearly tick in the shape of 2 Long-tailed Duck quickly followed by at least 50 Tree Sparrows (A good start to the day!) A short trip then onto South Ferriby for the Juv Rough-legged Buzzard by the cement works (Dipped) then onto Worlaby Carrs for the main attraction the Short-eared Owls,no sooner had we got on the approach rd & Rich had picked up a bird flying alongside the rd,we passed the 1st photographer who looked familiar but nobody else commented so carried onto the end of the rd where we soon had another Owl (which was so confiding!) altogether we had at least 6 birds also a female Merlin posed for us at a distance but flew directly over us giving great views,by now the wind & the rain was gettin the better of us so a quick check for Corn Buntings (at least 10) then it was bk to the car for a warm,by now the other photographer had pulled up along side us & got out for a chat! Yes he was familiar none other than Warwickshires Steve Valentine who hadn't managed to get any birds perched so after putting him onto a roosting bird in the grass we left him be! (Glad to say Steve finally got the bird perched up & posing aswell!!) A fantastic day which ended with us back at South Ferriby where we had superb views of the Rough-legged Buzzard hopefully i'll be doing the trip again in better weather!!!