At Shibdon I was greeted with the news that the 2 drake Garganey were about somewhere but throughout the time I was there, despite the better atmospheric conditions than had been last weekend, the views weren't good as they clung to the far shore, never once venturing close enough for even one of my world famous 'dodgy record shots'.
Disappointing overall again, a kestrel being harried by a couple of crows the only bit of excitement, and just one oystercatcher making a late entrance (the only wader on view).
The undoubted highlight was a 'queer 'un'. Shibdon is famed for its queer looking ducks, some of which could easily have been put together by Baron von Frankenstein himself, but todays specimen was some sort of half gull-half curlew monstrosity, the like of which I've never seen before. I'll let the pictures do the talking :
|What the hell? Is that a beak or a cutlass?|
|A wanabee curlew|
|The 'weapon' in close-up|
|Even the magpie had to come for a closer look|
|Change of tack, a Lesser-black backed Gull showing off it's lovely yellow legs|
|And the Shibdon terrapin, a red-eared slider I believe, survives another winter.|
|Don't know how long its been there but I first encountered it about five years ago.|
Today was like a summers day, butterflies, bees, ants and a host of other insects on show, and news the first damselflies are out . . . in Cornwall :-/
Never mind, with better weather forecast over the coming days I should think migration will be well under way by this time next week.