The past few days have been rather grey and damp. Yesterday afternoon, as I was walking home along Craven Road, a kestrel flew over me and then veered off over the Royal Berkshire Hospital. A small flock of pigeons that happened to be going the same direction, turned and flew off in the opposite direction. This morning I caught sight of a kingfisher speeding low along the River Blackwater near Farnborough North, the first one I had seen in several months. Just a few steps further along the path I heard a lot of cawing and looked up to see a large bird, probably an owl, being mobbed by a group of crows. It was larger than the crows but smaller than a grey heron, and had rounded 'fingerless' wings, a bulky body and a blunt head. It flew off at tree-top level before I could get a good look at it.