Something very unusual happened this morning... I was driving up the busy main road between Leeds and Otley (top of Pool Bank near the airport for those that know it) and I slammed on my brakes to avoid a bird that was stood in the middle of the road. As I drove past, giving it a very wide berth, I realised it was a an owl - either a very young tawny or a little owl. It just stood there, staring across the road.
My heart then sank thinking it was soon to be a goner, but as the cars behind me took evasive action the owl just shot up and flew off. Remarkable.
Incidentally I was on my way to Upper Wharfedale to do a walk - loads of birdlife on the Wharfe, like housemartins, oystercatchers, dippers and pied wagtails. The Yorkshire Dales in the sunshine really are a magnificent sight.