Following on from Thursday's filming trip, I'm back in Hampshire where I have taken over Joe's sofa-bed for the weekend.
I've spent the morning pottering around on a local nature reserve here. Nothing too hardcore but some nice bits 'n' bobs to keep my occupied. A Common Sandpiper was in a tree by the main lake, a Kingfisher was zipping around, a female Sparrowhawk carrying prey and a Buzzard passed over, the pair of Great Crested Grebes had three stripy chicks, and a male Cetti's Warbler was indulging in some sub(ish)-song. A Gadwall with a duckling was interesting - as far as I know, there haven't been any male Gadwalls on the lake since winter, only Mallards, so the youngster could end up looking 'interesting' when it grows up a bit. Also plenty of insects about.
As per, photos taken with phone.
Juv Chiffchaff. One of a few around, with one even attempting (and largely failing) to sing. A quiet "chiff chaff chuff chiff chaff chuff chiff chaff chaff chaff chaff", the last bit reminiscent of ibericus...
Lots of these.
And some 'fun' ageing Mallards. Probably not such a difficult task at this time of year but knowing what to look for might be interesting later in the year.
NB Shagged tail, already.
NB Lack of primaries...