I stayed around the fields for another hour, scanning the skies for a Swallow or Martin, but it proved fruitless, I did see and hear a single YELLOWHAMMER fly over though, and a pair of MANDARIN DUCK, but that wasn't really what i was looking for :-)
A visit to the lakes was also made this morning, where I found that the Goosander pair had departed after their ten day stay, but in their place was another good species to get on the lake - no less than 4 TEAL (60) two pairs were present, a new species for the April list :-) This is another winter species that I can find here during early April in some years, the latest date I have recorded them is the 20th, but they seldom get recorded away from the Wet Woods area. Also on the lake today were 10 CANADA GEESE, 3 MALLARD, the COOT, a GREY HERON and a KINGFISHER.
|One of the Teal pair, not such a good image as they were quite distant.|
|Here's the Male Teal cropped close|
During the late morning and early afternoon, a couple more sorties around Migrant Alley were made, but with little success in the way of spring migrants, only a singing CHIFFCHAFF was noted, the outgoing SISKIN, and MEADOW PIPIT were heard flying over in small numbers, and the usual 3 raptor species were seen, those being KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK and BUZZARD. Spring has yet to really get going here :-(
Blog brighteners for today are these Siskin, photographed yesterday at my garden feeders, not quite in the right light, but they'll do :-)