Glorious sunshine with little wind at home while the valley and Draycote Water were shrouded in early morning mist so delayed going out till later. Sound decision as I had Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and 5 Sand Martin going over the garden plus butterflies in the shape of 3 Large White, Comma, 2 Orange Tip and my first Holly blue of the year. My moth trap had 2 Lesser Swallow Prominent.
Grandborough Valley was very pleasant this afternoon with migrating summer plumage Golden Plover in the bean field, near the double barn, Flecknoe Rd and a Little Owl standing vigilant on the old manure heap near Grandborough Fields Farm. A ride along the canal to Napton Reservoir produced Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Sparrowhawk and a few butterflies including 2 Orange Tip, 2 Comma, 3 Peacock, and numerous Large White and Small White.
Napton Reservoir had 2 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, two Yellow Wagtail, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker and pair of Gadwall. On the way home did a detour to catch up with my first Grizzled Skipper of the year.
Decided to give the pond a miss and arranged to do a mothing session at Brandon Marsh as the evening temperature could be good for trapping and though the clear skies might have affected the numbers I still managed 72 moths of 14 species from two traps. Highlights were Muslin Moth, Early Tooth-stripe, Yellow-barred Brindle, Brindle Beauty, Marbled Brown and Lunar Marbled Brown. Birds seen were Barn Owl, Reed Warbler, Cetties Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail and Redshank.