It was way too hot really
Day 2 Shooting over the same field but on harvested rape
This time we went straight to the field to find it had been harvested and only a small handfull of birds were on the field so we went for a drive round the farm to look over the other swathed fields to find not many birds about so we went back to the first field and watched the flight lines and noticed a good line building up near the farm track. So we parked the truck up against the hedge under the flightline and put the net over the truck again and set up 2 hide (1 at the front of the truck which was mine and 1 at the back of the truck which was dads).
The wind today was very unpredictable and it kept moving so it was not easy to set up a proper pattern but I put out 2 groups or plastic decoys about 30 yards out with a 20 yard gap between the 2 groups and in the middle we set up an electric flapper just to put some movement into the pattern.
It was about 20 minutes before the first bird came in but it was a great decoying bird but I missed it but after this the birds slowly started to come back to the field but I dont think they wanted to feed on it because alot seemed to fly over next doors on to their standing wheat but the decoys brought them close enough to get some great shooting. Quite often the wind changed so it was in our faces again which pushed the flightline behind us over the track and a small pea field where we dropped alot of birds but we could not collect them because the farmer had started to cut the field. But one of the guys carting grain did pick a few up for his tea.
The birds kept coming until around 7pm where it was like someone had turned a tap off, there was not a bird to be seen anywhere.
We packed up all the birds we could which totaled 171 birds
My 2 guns I was using on the day