9.4.16.

Saturday…Lovely sunny morning, but on the cool side 6ºC.

Met Ken at the Wardens Office, and we decided to split the morning into two halves. First half over HC and the second half over The Whittingtons.

As usual searched The Wardens Office lights out, which turned up this Early Tooth-striped….

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With the sun shining, we decided to see if the Tree Pipits had started to sing from one of it’s usual perches. Sure enough one was singing there, but we did see two in the same area…

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Typical…put the Butterfly survey clipboard away, and I get my first photo of a Small Tortoiseshell this year…

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Walking back down the lane we were treated with good views of a female Kestrel. Not sure how me and Ken look upside-down, but with luck we might look better…

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She did move down the lane with us, but eventually flew around us, probably so she could get some peace hunting, instead of us two driving off her prey…

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Then it was off to The Whittingtons in search of possible Ring Ouzel and Wheatear. On arrival the air was full of the noise of Skylarks. We watched this male displaying on the ground. Bowing and raising it’s crest. I have read about this somewhere. But never seen it. I usually associate the Skylark with it’s flight display…

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With so many Skylarks singing in the air, it can be hard to hear Corn Buntings. But we did manage to see and hear three. Mostly distant, with this one providing me with my only photo opportunity……

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The Wheatears have now turned up on The Whittingtons. We did see four, and like the Corn Bunting they were all distant. This female gave us the closest chance of a photo..

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