Today it was back to the norm and my normal insect walk around Butts Lane. I arrived just after mid-day and walked up to the vicarage, took the path across the fields and then came back along the set-aside. On the face of it, it didn't seem that productive a walk although I did record 3 Meadow Browns, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Large Skippers, 1 Common Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 4 Cinnabar Moths and 2 Blue-tailed Damselflies.
Whilst on the walk I thought I heard a distant snippet of a Quail calling but then it didnt call again...that was until I was almost back at my car. I turned back and walked to the triangle. After about 5 minutes it started calling again from the large cereal field. It then proceeded to call numerous times in the next half hour. After a while I was joined by TMH and whilst we were listening to the Quail we had a Hobby fly over heading West.
What an afternoon! in the space of a couple of hours I had picked up the two patch target species that I had been after for the past few weeks. Amazing but then thats local patch birding...you put in the time and you (eventually) reap the rewards. Although it has to be said days like this are few and far between.