I met up with Nic, Anna, EB, Malcolm, Mark and Hugh for some birding at Barnes.
Spring was undoubtedly in the air as these two domestic Indian Runners proved.
Anna had some wants and we soon found her first one, a Ring Necked Parakeet. Actually these were VERY accomodating
I've never seen so many at Barnes. No Water Rail under the feeders which was another of Anna's wants. The rest of the walk to the peacock hide was quiet with common ducks and garden birds. Lots of Little Grebes about.
Nothing unusual from the Peacock Hide. And the return failed to get that Rail. A few Pintails about and Common, Great Black Backed and Lesser Black Backed Gull. A Canada Goose and Greylag seemed rather to chummy!!
After Lunch we went to the far wildside hide and didn't see a Rail on the way. From the hide we did see a Snipe.
Anna's BIG want was a Bittern and the Headley hide delivered the goods. We saw a "Scaup" like bird. Grey back. We never had great views and were doubtful but mentioned it to the volunteers who later confirmed it was a hybrid.
Back to the feeder station for one last rail but no joy.
Still the weather was superb, the company good and we got Anna a Bittern. The blonde one is probably green now ;)
A happy looking Coot.
Some Geese taking advantage of the walkway