Lockdown Diary: Tuseday 2.6.20

Of course, I was at the Quail place again, this morning. In fact, I was at the site at 4.45am, anticipating lots of early morning action. But it was a total no-show. The Quails have gone quiet. Less than a week ago it was possible to hear up to six sin...

Of course, I was at the Quail place again, this morning. In fact, I was at the site at 4.45am, anticipating lots of early morning action. But it was a total no-show. The Quails have gone quiet. Less than a week ago it was possible to hear up to six singing males in this group of fields. But, it seems that all that singing has had its desired effect and the males have attracted females to pair up with and so have no need to keep singing. At least that is what I am hoping.
The rest of the farmland bird gang have no such qualms about singing despite being paired. So, the Sky Larks, Corn Buntings, Reed Buntings and Whitethroats were all putting on a tremendous vocal show this morning.
The final highlights were a close Barn Owl by the car as I drove home, and an impressive number of Brown Hares in the fields. I watched one washing itself, a bit like a cat. It was splaying out its long toes to have a good lick and when it washed its paws it rubbed them together rapidly like it was boxing in March!