21st Aug 2015
Started off owling at Belton and before sunrise I’d had good views of tawny, barn and little! Best of all was a tawny, startled in the headlights, it flew to an ash and we eyeballed each other for five minutes. Great stuff.
How can you get bullfinch and garden warbler mixed up? Easy- short trumpeting calls were coming from the hedge and I thought they must be bullys but then noticed a couple of garden warblers. They were the juveniles contact calls. Not something heard very often (at least not by me.)
6 spotted flycatchers were flycatching in cow fields at the neck-end. juveniles sometimes begging for food.
Swift over village, later a dozen over Bottesford and a couple over Grantham.
A marsh tit was of note.
2 tree sparrows nearby.
Half a dozen yellow-legged gulls and a possible juv. Caspian gull.
3 painted lady butterflies.
Called into the works office to try and find a member of staff, didn’t find him but did find a couple of spotted flycatchers.
Saw a juv. water rail. This was a very young bird, it must have been fledged on site. Also an adult.
10 snipe, common sand, 3 green sands, 3 little egret.
Holly blue butterfly.
Peregrine on St.Wulframs, Grantham.
Sketch of the day