The walk over to the Lake area this afternoon was a most productive affair, whilst meandering along the path leading through the Wet woods, I stopped, as I always do, to scan the small pools of water beneath the trees, and today I got what I was looking for 3 TEAL (68, 66) the first this year :-). Two drakes, and a duck were dabbling about, so I quickly took a photo at a distance so as not to flush them, and swiftly moved on. I was quite surprised really, as the lack of rain here has made these pools nothing more than large puddles, but the Teal didn't seem to mind :-)
|You can just pick out the 2 Drakes and the Duck Teal.|
On the lakes, it was very busy - well about as busy as it gets for these small water bodies! 10 CANADA GEESE were dozing, and 3 pairs of MALLARD were dabbling in the shallows, the 3 COOTS were still present, and as I picked out three MOORHENS under the overhanging tree branches, I also saw a drake MANDARIN DUCK (69,67) another new species for the year! Unfortunately I couldn't get a photo of it. The CORMORANT had returned to its lookout point in the Silver Birch tree, and later came down for a fishing session.
|You'll have to forgive my indulgence in Coot photo's, they are scarce birds here !! :-)|
|A feeding Canada Goose! A sight only seen here in recent years, as this particular lake has only just been cleared of the larger fish, allowing the water weed to grow back|
As usual I made a visit to the Pub field, which was totally empty today, and the Tree Nursery, where nothing had changed from yesterday, with the MAGPIES and GREEN WOODPECKERS the only birds seen. I ended my visit with a short sky watch on my seat at Migrant Alley, where the sky was mostly empty, just a few BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULLS went over, plus the local Corvid population milling around, the ROOKS of which are well into building there nests.