On the lakes it was down to just a few CANADA GEESE, but pleasingly for me I also saw the COOT with two young, I followed them in my bins and they led me to the nest where the female bird was sitting, so there are probably more young there, nice to confirm the Coots are breeding here for the second year :-) Last year I recorded the first young on the 21st April, so despite this cold and dire spring they have bred a bit earlier.
I returned home wet through and fed up, but after my hat and coat had dried out, I made a trip around Migrant Alley, alas I needn't have made the effort, nothing of note was seen, certainly not any spring migrants, some of this was due to the thick smoke drifting over from the Tree Nursery where all the uprooted trees and shrubs were being burned, it will take days to burn 30 acres of that!
Another poor spring day then, I should be out until dusk at this time of year!! :-( There aren't even any butterflies to chase about! This time last year I had already recorded 8 species!
This afternoon I holed up in my study and pointed the camera out at the garden feeders, the light was very poor, but I got some ok photo's once i'd racked up the ISO to 1000!
|And another female|