A new week, but the same lead grey skies! I nearly left the camera at home this afternoon, but when you do that something always turns up! Well something did turn up, a real rarity for my patch............a COOT (72), not a rare bird really, but on my patch it's a real find, just one, maybe two records a year if i'm lucky. On the lake with it, were 6 CANADA GEESE, and some very active MALLARDS (if you know what I mean ). The usual fare was to be had in the wet woods, GOLDCREST, MARSH,COAL,BLUE, GREAT, and LONG TAILED TIT, SISKIN and NUTHATCH. I took my normal walk over to Migrant Alley, just to sit and watch for half an hour or so, and observed 12 SKYLARK on the new spread manure, as well as 12 STOCK DOVE, a good number here for this species. Just one flyover species of note - a lone CORMORANT, the first since Feb. 11th.
Below is the much appreciated Coot, always a bit of a worry wether I will get one on the year list! It's not a very good pic. but I just wanted to show it off, being such a scarce visitor to my patch!