TUESDAY 1 JULY
There were at least 3, probably 4 calling COMMON QUAILS this afternoon in the DOWN FARM CEREAL FIELDS at PITSTONE HILL - 1 east of the road and the others in the first large field on the Aldbury side of the hill. Also 5 jangling male CORN BUNTINGS, a male YELLOWHAMMER, several Linnets and Skylarks, a male Common Whitethroat and vast numbers of Marbled White butterflies.
Nearby, at IVINGHOE HILLS NR, at least 40 DARK GREEN FRITILLARIES in the vicinity of the Duke Ridge, plus large numbers of Marbled White, Ringlet and Meadow Browns; also singing Song Thrush and Willow Warbler and some very confiding Meadow Pipits....
No Chalk Hill Blues out yet at GALLOWS HILL but Lesser Whitethroat there, several Blackcaps, Stock Dove, Song Thrush and a pair of Bullfinches
Images from today......the 'Quail Fields at Down Farm', jangling Corn Buntings, Meadow Pipits, Dark Green Fritillaries, Marbled White and Pyrammidal Orchids