Long Eared Owl. A second bird in a roost of around 10.
Many perplexing gulls were seen on the lakes today, birds which I hope will make more sense the more I see. This bird is a far cry from the minds-eye image British birders have of 1w cachinnans, but that's what I think it is.
The same bird; although dark, note the small head and slim bill. Many 1w cachinnans (and michahellis) develop extensively pale bills, a feature which is extremely rare in Herring Gulls of this age.