at 9:54 am a small non-descript little grey/brown bird opened its beak and sang...
chiff chaff chiff chaff
The Chiffchaff, the Herald of Spring has proclaimed the end of winter and the beginning of Spring........
When I turned off my laptop this morning I had 4 options.
I dismissed the forest as you've seen it a few times before, some Buckinghamshire churches? I can have a go back from my holidays in a few weeks (hint hint :D), Knole? maybe but I fancied some birding and the sun had come out! So off to Barnes..
Enroute I saw a Heron standing in the middle of the cricket pitch next to St Anne's Kew Green.
...of course by the time I arrived the skies had greyed and it was raining.
So off we go. I soon had my first year tick ... Parakeet of course. Lots of ducks about including Wigeon.
By the feeding station some Siskin!!
I then went in to the WWF hide and when I came out the Chiffchaff sang!!! I saw a bird in the right sort of spot and put the bins on him. CHIFFCHAFF!! He was just helping himself to a well earned berry posed for a second and then few off.
I took the long walk around to the Peacock tower seeing Reed Bunting, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker (Green Heard) then coming across a flock of Siskin and Goldfinch!
On the scrape were two Redshank and Snipe.
I got back to the cafe and had Brunch! (Chiffchaff heard on the way).
So on to the collection and the wildside the highlight being a Water Rail trying to hide and I twice saw a flock of Siskin.
As the weather wasn't all that I called it a day.
Mallard - Lord of all he surveys.
White-Headed Duck (collection)
Hooded Merganser (collection)