The morning dawned - that's about the best thing you can say about it today. The forecast had been for rain and rain it did. At about 8.30 I decided that if I was going out, I'd better get going so, off I went to check out the Great Crested Grebes in Bushey. To no avail - no sign of either of them again. I wonder where they are??
Strolled about for a bit. The Reed Bunting was in his usual tree and today there was a LBJ. Wish I knew my birds better - its song was delightful and although I visited the RSPB site and listened to several warblers - I couldn't find the relevant song. By now, it had started to drizzle but not too badly. It doesn't help under these conditions to receive a text (thanks Pete) saying how warm the sunshine is!!
BUT I did see 3 House Martins (my first this year) hunting over the pond - lovely!
I then went down by the River Thames in the Hampton Court area as my daughter had seen a pair of Grebes there - they'd now gone!
But I was greeted by a singing Mistle Thrush as I walked along the river
From there I set off for Painshill Park to check out the Grebes there. I parked in the car park. I listened to the rain now beating down relentlessly on the car roof. Right, I'll nip into the nearby supermarket to get the bits I need - still pouring when I came out. So off home I went!
I did manage to watch a Grey Heron for a bit in Bushey, that was standing on, what looked like, a coot's nest. He decided to fly over to the other side and headed straight for a coot's nest where the coot was only a couple of feet from it. The coot took umbrage and charged the Grey Heron which instantly flew off!
Heron happily standing on a coot's nest
Coot.... "you're not welcome here"
"so go away".....
Heron "I'm off, that coot means business" !
So home and I resigned myself to the rain which was just as well as it hasn't stopped since.
Further frustration to day when I tried to upload these pictures to blogger. They wouldn't upload. Rebooted the PC - just in case - no change. Decided the pictures might be corrupt as I'd uploaded a different picture successfully. So, resized all the pictures again and hey - bingo! You'll have noticed it worked!!
So a frustrating day but I have seen quite a few birds in the garden and around and about - included the two Lesser Redpolls in the garden again. There is a glimmer of a silver lining!
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