Sunday is the day that I try to spend a little bit of time with the family but never the less I did get the chance to visit the Pit-hide this evening for an hour and a half before dusk. Terry 'topped" the grass in that part of the meadow this morning and I have to say that it all looks very smart, I am hoping that with shorter grass thrushes and a few different birds will come in to the area. Already there was a change, two pheasants were in front of the hide, the first time that they have been in the area of the hide since I have been watching there. In the next few days, pheasant and partridge shooting will begin, not anywhere near the hide but I am reliably informed that once the shooting begins, more birds will move over to the area of the hide. But back to this evening, excitingly, a Buzzard was on the rabbit when I got there, obviously I disturbed it but again it was very pleasing because it yet again proves that the Buzzards are recognising this as a constant food source. I will try to describe the new improved pit hide which is now a large deep hide, 4 feet beneath the ground and 3 feet above, it is approximately 4 feet by 8 feet. It has a very solid waterproofed, slightly sloping roof. The entire front and sides are lined internaly with hessian sacks and the outside is going to be clad tomorrow with tanalised wood "overlap"cladding so it will look a very attractive and sympathetic structure. Access is via a side entry which is covered and means that it is possible to leave the caravan and enter the hide without being seen and without disturbing the birds in front of you. The opportunities are now vast. Because, as before you can get the camera down to ground level the pool is very photogenic from that perspective. But now it means that you can also photograph from above and looking down. Then of course, there is the chance to photograph the Buzzards, Jays, Woodpeckers and hopefully, Kestrels which I have seen very near to the area for the last few days. It goes without saying, exciting days.