Today I spent a couple of hours on the patch during the evening. Its something I tend to do this time of year in the hope of picking up a singing Quail, as they have been heard there previous years. Needless to say I didn't on this evening.
I arrived at the patch just after 7.30 pm and decided to walk the footpath behind the vicarage first. I was hoping for a Spotted Flycatcher..there were none but hey I'm a birding optimist (I think you have to be when you work a local patch). All was not lost here as I had 2 juvenile Kestrels and 2 juvenile Collard Doves in this location. The Kestrel sighting was very pleasing as last year the pair that nest in this area only fledged 1 juv.
Next stop was Witch Lane. I spent some time hear listening intently for calling Quail from the large cereal fields and scanning the skies for raptors. The only bird of note was a Red-legged Partridge in the sheet-covered field.
My final stop of was Heath Lane. Again no Quail calling but I was treated to cracking views of Little Owl at the paddock. A bit later on this bird was sitting sentry in a tree not far from a known nest site. Whilst on the Lane I also had 2 Grey Herons fly over heading South, an adult ♀ Kestrel and a Common Buzzard.
I left the patch and headed home just before 10pm and although I didn't pick up my target species it was an enjoyable evening all the same.