Friday, 22 July 2016
Sadly i also noticed 2 fields which had reeling warbler, skylark, meadow pipit, reed bunting has been mowed down such a shame as these meadows are usually left to grow all year.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
I 1st heard it whilst I was just chilling on an old wall near tanfield railway in the hope an owl would make an appearance but my ears soon pricked up when I heard it call, I could tell it was coming from the wheat field beyond the trees that were in front of me so off I went ,camera in hand ready to record its call, eventually I got to the edge of the field after rushing through a wooded section where it s5arted to call every couple of minutes. It was calling until I went at around 10pm a perfect ending to the hottest day this year.
19secs, and 1min 23secs quail calling turn volume up didnt think it would turn out so quiet\!
Saturday, 16 July 2016
For quail but nothing although it looks l8ke a good place.
Sunday, 10 July 2016
YOver the last week had a few walks late evening weather has been a mixed bag switching between warm cold rain and wind...had some nice sunsets and seen a few good birds.
Highlights were 3 buzzards which were all grouped up one evening, 3 buzzards seem to be the max number in the area not sure if that is due to control by game keepers but thats the most ive seen at once.
Woodcock are roding
Grasshopper warblers are still in a few fields
Grey partridge with 8 young
A few red legged partridge.
Song thrush seem to be about most nights.
Occasional garden warbler still being vocal.
Little owls calling
2 sedge warbler sing @burdon moor
Lots of kestrels.
Swifts,house martins, swallows.
Sadly no more signs of quail or red kite.
Also some kind of upgrade by local farmer on a smsll pond which seems to be for breeding ducks attracted 30+mallard (dont know if there wild or not).
Monday, 4 July 2016
2nd july 2016 quail heard calling on patch .
I was surprised to hear my 1st quail calling on patch while I was out looking for owls and since the 27th ive been out dusk and dawn getting up at 3am and generally listening out for them, overall the quail is winning and is remaining elusive and unpredictable as possible, so far ive only heard them at dusk however the weather which has been mainly rain and 18mph winds from the west has made it hard....its proven to be a very challenging bird to search for. the bird/s in the area are either reluctant to call and seem to be moving from field to field due to the fact that a number of times ive heard them at one spot one night and the next morning nothing. Then theyll be somewhere else a few days later.....
Ive heard that they have a tendency to move on quickly( land-call leave) but im holding onto the hope that there sticking to the area or ill be wasting alot of time lol. not all bad though while out looking Ive had a LEO, little owls, a green sandpiper, curlew and a family of grey partridglapwingspartridgim learning about being out birding at night like how bird calls slowly fade out and in certain orders and watching 100s of crows and jackdaws come in waves to roost!
Just need a sound recording.
Its all good.