I was off today (although colleagues and users have berated me for reading and replying to my email!).
The sun was shining and I hopped out of bed and went birding. That flipping Green Winged teal was still about so I went to Connaught Water.
A few birds were waiting for me by the car park!
I soon ran into the chap from last week who again was admitting defeat - not promising I walked around the lake and met 3 others who hadn't seen it... not promising on my second circuit one of the guys was on the other side and waived at me AH !!! Annoyingly by the time I got there it had decided to go deep under cover and after another half hour I thought stuff this I'll go and have a hot drink.
Still a few photos
After said drink I went to Rye Meads lots of the usual suspects about but alas no migrants. Lots of Cettis Warblers calling and a Green Sandpiper.
I do love the way the sun catches the green on a Mallard's head.
First insect photo of the year
I had posted on facebook via twitter that I had dipped the Green Winged Teal and over lunch I spotted my colleagues negative comment. Now the day was still young and back I headed to Connaught Water.
Around the lake no sign !! OH FOR GOODNESS SAKE
Have a tufty
One last walk, some teal on that distant island.... eurasian, eurasian.... a bird then stands up and walks five feet and sits down BUT it has the vertical stripe!
Of course PROPER twitchers just see the damn thing, me? I struggle, still did see it!
Nice day really, tomorrow I'm taking dad out for a ride.