|After wasting a perfectly
good day sitting in a hotel room while Duncan took the train into London
to his stamp conference, it was a relief to get back on the road heading
north toward Leicester. We had been invited to visit by Philip and Stella
Rennet, who we met through the web.
to visit their great website about Birding in the UK.
They had a super lunch waiting for us, so we whiled away an hour or two of rain chatting about the challenges of being a webmaster, and watching the birds in their back garden. The Starlings and Blackbirds were bringing their newly fledged babies to the feeders to join the Robins and House Sparrows. Dunnocks flitted in the hedges, and there was also what looked like a TFTF Wood Pigeon waddling around on the ground. (We were introduced to the term TFTF on a pelagic trip out of Seward, Alaska, in reference to overfed puffins who were Too Fat To Fly).
||When the rain finally stopped, we headed out for a nearby wood that was covered in buttercups where we got our first look at a Great Tit and a Bullfinch. Then, we headed back into the village of Groby to check out the House Martins nesting on the wall of the bank. Finally, we ended up at Groby Pond (where I forgot my camera in the car) to have a look at the Grey Heron rookery. Common Swifts were busy over the water hawkling insects, while Tufted Ducks and a few Mute Swans swam placidly around.||
|Thank you so much, Philip and Stella for a great day. Next time - we'll see you in Canada!|