My first short eared owl of the winter this morning foraging between Garwnant north and the Penderyn road. Bird very distant so just record shots, you can see road edge markings in top image, my first ever sighting in this area (SN9813, RCT, VC42). Also I had a phone call from Marc Everett, WW Rangers, on Monday afternoon that a probable great grey shrike carrying prey had been spotted flying west to east across A470 near the turn off for Garwnant. He was 90% sure, but, he was driving during a brief dry period with strong afternoon sunshine and had the bird in silhouette only. By the time he had managed to turn around the bird had gone (I couldn't get to site held up in post funeral refreshment period). I spent several hours today however at Garwnant and the surrounding area and failed (again) to make contact. Usual at Rhaslas; wigeon, tufted and not much else. Then it rained.