Friday, 8 February 2008

Dawn to Ducks

I set myself up, hidden down the garden, camera trained on the chimney well before the sun came up, determined to capture a picture of my heavy metal drummer.

After a while we had a visit from a pair of Mistle Thrushes, not an uncommon species, but one that seldom visits the garden. Soon after they had gone I could hear, but not see, one singing not far away. There was certainly the beginning of a dawn chorus with Song Thrush, Blackbird, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch all joining in.

There was no sign of a Woodpecker and the only birds that came into view on the chimney were Starlings. It seems that my drummer shuns publicity.

A visit to Sandwich this afternoon was rewarding with views of two of the Lapland Buntings, while on the scrape the ducks had caught the mood of the early spring weather. Teal were pairing off with the drakes softly whistling to the ducks.

Most of the male Shovelers have now completed their moults, although a couple still looked a bit patchy. They had also begun to be in close pairs.

As they face an dipped their bill the males made a deep "Tuc tuc " call, not unlike a male Pheasant in tone.

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