Sunday, May 27, 2007

Teased by a Teal

On a Saturday of uncertain weather (typical for a Bank Holiday), I headed west in search of one of our summering raptors (with a common name that reminds some of us of a type of pencil) which I saw after a wait of about 1 hour. A Goshawk and a Sparrowhawk drifted over whilst I waited.
I was then lured to Kidwelly in search of a reported Green-winged Teal. After searching for over an hour I eventually found the unimpressive reedy pool where it was alleged to be, but an hour later, with a view hindered by trees, I had found a pair of Little Grebes, a pair of Moorhens, a pair of Coots, and a Mute Swan with 4 cygnets. Passerines included both Common and Lesser Whitethroats carrying food for young.
On my perambulations to find the place, I had encountered some common, but photogenic creatures....
Still, the weather was kind whilst I was there, but my left hand is still slightly red and swollen after being bitten by a large insect.
All in all, not a vintage day out....but in might be my last for a while......

1 comment:

Wayne said...

No pencil birds despite a two hour wait this lunchtime. just a sparrowhawk and common buzzard