Monday, 2 August 2010

More Quail and a Flock of TDs

Friday saw me conducting a dawn Barn Owl survey somewhere in Northish Lincs. No Barn Owls were recorded however I did see another quail, this time a bird flying into a wheat field. However the highlight of a beautiful morning was the flock of 5 Turtle Dove that flew over and round me twice before landing on a spilt grain pile. A male bird amongst the flock was seen and heard displaying to a female and at least one of the birds was a juvenile. There could quite possibly have been more than five birds as several other birds were also seen during the morning but not all at the same time as the flock of five had been seen. Other farmland birds of note included Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Lapwing etc.

I had a busy weekend conducting Best Man duties for a good friend of mine so little was had during the weekend, though we did start a 'Wedding List' from the churchyard as we were waiting for the bride to arrive!

I did get time to have a quick walk around the local patch which bird wise is fairly quite, the odd Lesser and Common Whitethroat and Blackcap being evident. Much more noticeable was the number and diversity of butterflies with Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue and Small Copper all recorded in a 15 minute spell!

Hopefully a few warm night might produce some interesting moths at the light... we'll see...

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