Lockdown Diary: Monday 1.6.20

For the third morning running, I saw the Quail in its favoured corner of its bean field. It really is a magical way to start a morning. I presume the combination of the wet winter and the very dry spring has meant that the broad beans are not very dens...

For the third morning running, I saw the Quail in its favoured corner of its bean field. It really is a magical way to start a morning. I presume the combination of the wet winter and the very dry spring has meant that the broad beans are not very dense or well grown, and this has made it much easier to see into this field. Maybe, the coronavirus restrictions have stopped excessive spraying in the fields, too, which would allow Quails (and the abundant Sky larks, Corn Buntings and Yellow Wagtails) there to have insects to feed on.
Talking of Yellow Wagtails, there is one particular male that loves the end of the shabby, bird-filled hedge in this area of south Lincolnshire.

Yellow Wagtail, near Crowland, Lincolnshire, 1.6.20
The Quail action stopped early, so I had time to stop at Deeping Lakes LWT on the way home. On the short drive I saw a Buzzard and three hunting Barn Owls. And at DLLWT itself, there was a pair of Garganeys on the east pit (which I had found on Sunday morning, there). The drake is just starting to go into eclipse, but that did not stop him flirting outrageously (mainly head bobbing) with the female.