Around Grantham day tour.

21st Aug 2015

Started off owling at Belton and before sunrise I’d had good views of tawny, barn and little! Best of all was a tawny, startled in the headlights, it flew to an ash and we eyeballed each other for five minutes. Great stuff.

Raven heard.

How can you get bullfinch and garden warbler mixed up? Easy- short trumpeting calls were coming from the hedge and I thought they must be bullys but then noticed a couple of garden warblers. They were the juveniles contact calls. Not something heard very often (at least not by me.)

Denton res.

6 spotted flycatchers were flycatching in cow fields at the neck-end. juveniles sometimes begging for food.

Swift over village, later a dozen over Bottesford and a couple over Grantham.

Belvoir lakes.

A marsh tit was of note.

2 tree sparrows nearby.

Kilvington lakes.

Half a dozen yellow-legged gulls and a possible juv. Caspian gull.

3 painted lady butterflies.

500+ geese.

Marston.

Called into the works office to try and find a member of staff, didn’t find him but did find a couple of spotted flycatchers.

Saw a juv. water rail. This was a very young bird, it must have been fledged on site. Also an adult.

10 snipe, common sand, 3 green sands, 3 little egret.

Holly blue butterfly.

Peregrine on St.Wulframs, Grantham.

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Sketch of the day

Greylag geese.P1020853