|This week's three Barnacle Geese of unknown but perhaps genuinely wild origin?|
Untarnished wildfowl have also been hitting the birding headlines here this week though...
Four Garganey (two drakes, two ducks) arrived on the same day as the Mandarins and graced the meadow pool for a few hours, but like the latter, they'd departed by the following day. Also the two drake Scaup are still lingering.
|A rather distant shot of the four Garganey with (Eurasian) Teal. |
One male far right, one male fourth from left, the two females centre back.
Otherwise it has been a fairly quiet week and apart from a few Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs there has as yet been no 'proper' summer migrant passerines. I do however expect my first Wheatear, Sand Martin and Swallow any day now in the sure knowledge that they, like the Garganey, have flown all the way from Africa rather than from the nearest Aviary!
Now a bit of a plug... if you've enjoyed The Swannery birding highlights over the last few months you can now pay us a visit as we opened to the public yesterday and will be open every day until the end of October. We even have a few nesting swans already with two clutches of two and we are expecting over a hundred nests before the spring is out and maybe the odd rare bird too!
|Spawning Common Toads in the meadow.|
|Tringa phalaropus? No swimming (Common) Redshank!|
|And to finish another shot of the Wood Duck... will it linger?|