FRIDAY 15 JUNE
DOWN FARM CEREAL FIELDS, ALDBURY (BUCKS)
John Foster, Mike Campbell and I enjoyed great views of the calling male COMMON QUAIL at Down Farm this lunchtime, as we stood by the pigeon shooting butt at SP 955 143. John managed several good flight shots as it whizzed across the field, one of which I have published on my Tring and Bucks blogs.
It was also nice to see 6 singing male CORN BUNTINGS (see John's pix) as well as a family party of 5 COMMON RAVENS. Skylarks were abundant, with two pairs of Yellowhammer, 14 Common Swifts, 10 Linnets and a Red Admiral seen
WILSTONE RESERVOIR, TRING (HERTS)
My first visit in well over a month with very little going on. Highlight was a single HOBBY whilst 31 Mute Swans, 67 Greylag, 170 Coot, 29 Common Terns, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 150 Common Swifts and 45 House Martins made up the rollcall.
STOKENCHURCH AREA (BUCKS)
Spent over two hours in less than suitable weather conditions looking for the Honey Buzzard pair but saw nothing more than Common Buzzards. Seemingly the pair has moved a few miles this year. A male was displaying towards the end of May apparently according to one observer I met on site