Thursday 16th June 2011 - Shenstone

Today it was back to the norm and my normal insect walk around Butts LaneI 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 put in the time and you (eventually) reap the rewards.  Although it has to be said days like this are few and far between. 

Blue-tailed Damselfly


  1. Its those big rewards that keeps us going Jase, even if they are few and far between, nice one mate!

  2. Well done! Glad you got the Quail... and a Hobby too... excellent :)

    I missed the Burnet Moth post :( Lovely photos of it. I haven't seen one since early Spring and then only briefly. Butterflies, day flying moths and Odonata are all in hiding here!

  3. Thanks Warren...your absolutely right but then thats the joy of patch watching.

    Cheers was a good afternoon. The Burnett moths are only just starting to emerge here at the mo so you should have them on the wing soon when the weather improves!