The pale fawn cow a couple of posts ago is a Simmental - apparently they are good milkers and often included in 'black and white' herds - it seemed to be keeping apart from them. And funnily enough another neighbouring farmer has one brown and white cow in his black and white herd and when I passed earlier today she was completely away from the rest of the herd. All of which leads me to wonder whether cows can differentiate between colours?
As the farmer and I came down the lane at nine o'clock this morning, a barn owl was hovering and searching in the small field at the side of the lane, pouncing and flying up with a small rodent. I was astonished to see it hunting in broad daylight - maybe a necessary thing to do with babies to feed - I do hope so as so many died in the bad winter.
Other news - a brood mare and her half-grown foal (racehorses from a nearby racing stable) have appeared in the field near to the farm. As usual they are totally aloof and will not come anywhere near humans. I hope to get a photograph for you one day soon.