A late morning visit to the marsh hide at Stodmarsh paid dividends when a drake garganey was seen. The french name for this superb duck is sarcelle d`ete or the teal of summer as it is migratory,wintering in africa.
It spent much of the time feeding in the irises tantalisingly not in full view but eventually it came out from cover when spooked by one of the koniks.It didn`t come any closer,but it was a pleasure to see nevertheless.
There was no sign of the wood warbler this morning,but a nightingale was singing on the reed bed hide trail,blackcaps and chiff chaffs were everywhere a willow warbler and a whitethroat were seen on the path out to the marsh hide and reed warbler was in song too,as were several sedge warblers.
Had a second wander through the alder wood on the way back and found a singing garden warbler,but it did not show.Also seen were the first speckled wood butterflies, orangetips,peacocks and small tortoishells.