Should I head to Kent? to Barnes? to a house in London?
As it was I went to the Forest. I was hoping some migrants would be back .... and they were I soon saw few Sand Martins and lots of Swallows. Not only that I heard the mournful song of the Willow Warbler! There are also lots of Chiffchaffs back and I saw a female Blackcap and there were quite a few singing males.
There were still 6 Grebes on the lake with one on a nest by the shell house. There were also two shelduck and I was a little surprised that there were still Tufties and Teal about.
There were a pair of ducklings on the decoy pond.
I was pleased to note the cafe was open early today :)
These were my breakfast companions
Obviously their patch! as they chased off other Canada's and Greylags and went for the odd Mallard!!
So where now? I went on to Coggeshall and the National Trust's Paycocke's. The house is Tudor (built approx 1500) and was built for Cloth Merchant Thomas Paycocke.
Seen on the way!
There is a nice little cottage garden....
A pair of Mallards relaxing.
The garden would be a nice place to sit and read on a warmer day!
The house is one of those small house the Trust do so well. Alas no cafe ! A cup of tea and a piece of cake would have gone down well!
Finally to Rye Meads! And a Little Ringed Plover!
I was hoping for a Reed or Sedge Warbler but there were still quite a few Pochards about which do breed at Rye Meads.
A nice day but cold in the wind.
Oh and this music will be right for the house.