A call from Dr Ray alerted me to the arrival of a pair of Garganeys at Restharrow Scrape this afternoon. When I arrived in the fading light, they were close to the hide, and should have given some good pictures.
Unfortunately, they were busy feeding so their heads were in the water most of the time.
I was hoping that the male would quack, as it's a strange sound, a cross between a dog's bark and a frog's croak. In the event, we were not entertained.
Garganeys are the only British summer visitor duck, wintering south of the Sahara.
There were 24 reports of Gargany sightings on Birdguides today, of which four were from Kent - Dungeness (10 flying past), Grove, Oare and here at Restharrow. In 2006, a pair was here on 19th April.
Earlier, a female Siskin arrived to finish off the last peanuts of the winter........