After my self-imposed blog abstinence, when other things took priority I though that I'd pay a brief visit to blog-world today. I had to got to Sandwich on other matters and took the opportunity to spend some time in the beautiful sunshine this afternoon. Last night I gave a talk at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory about my birding trip Venezuela last year. Fortunately I was able to use some of my son, Pete's excellent photographs that he'd taken while leading the group, which added to the less spectacular selection of my shots, I hope made a reasonable evening. Many of the pictures showed birds that we think of as colourful, which they are, but we really shouldn't forget some of the fantastic birds under our own noses.
I popped along to North Downs Farm and managed to peer over the fence at the small reservoir to get a reasonable, though distant view of a female Goosander sitting on the bank at the end. Too far for a picture though.
I realise that Teals have featured rather frequently of late, but sitting in the Restharrow Scrape Hide, watching their antics is thoroughly therapeutic. Now that they are getting frisky they are also quite amusing.
It's always good tho scratch if you've got an itch!
I was plweased to see a Pied Wagtail pop in, it was the only passerine I saw in the hour 30 minutes I sat there!
At long last I've caught up with some Shovelers on the scrape. I know that they've been around a while, but in the main they've been strangely absent, leaving the area to the larger than usual number of Teal. These two still don't look to be fully moulted to their best outfits, but if the weather remains fine I'm sure it wont be long before we see then beginning to get onto their pairing rituals.
I did see five Mallard flying round the Village yesterday. I assume it was a Duke with five potential suitors on her tail.