Tuesday, 3 June 2014
The patio delivers again prt deux
I wasn't able to get out to do any nightjarring despite the excellent conditions, overcast, still and warm. I wasn't able to get out to join the old boys playing football either. I cajoled Geordie Steve to join me for a beer on the patio (phase 2) under the pergola (phase 1) and after a fly through Barn Owl and a little purring from the Turtle Dove, a Quail piped up and gave 3 rounds of it's distinctive triplet song. It would be difficult to underestimate the hours I have accumulated listening for nocturnal birdsong hoping that I would eventually hear a Quail out there. Ironically Whimbrel, which I optimistically thought would be an almost annual spring flyover, has also finally made it onto the garden list this evening. A bird whistled twice on it's way over while I spent a further hour listening for the Quail to no avail. All in all a very good way to break in the new garden hardware.