Having arrived home from France the previous evening Dave and I took a look at the grassy field down the Southam Road where we had 2 Raven, 17 Greylag and 4 Hare before attempting to visit the pond but the gates were closed.
Intended to do a brief look at the Hill and Flecknoe Road in the Grandborough valley before returning to the pond but after seeing Red-legged Partridge and 3 Tree Sparrow we heard a Quail calling so not surprisingly we spent some time hoping to locate it as this is Dave’s bogey bird but alas it stayed hidden.
Moved on to Stockton Locks where despite the coolness of the morning we had Jay, Southern Hawker, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown then after breakfast we called in on Napton on the Hill. where the south east area was he best place to look being more sheltered and warmer and found Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Green-veined White, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Brimstone and a possible Purple Hairstreak but it did not show well enough as we were looking directly in to sunlight. Birds included 2 Raven, 3 Buzzard, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff, 2 Mistle Thrush and 7 Spotted Flycatchers.
The Just So café and Bridge Nursery had Brown Hawker, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Marbled White, Large White, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Yellow Shell and Whitethroat then our final port of call was at Broadwell to identify some of the micros Richard had in his trap which also gave us a chance to see our first Least Yellow Underwing of the year.
Still playing catch up with local news but Dave added Small Scallop to his list and Steve had Hummingbird Hawk-moth in his garden which is a just up the road from me.