Early on Monday morning I searched in vein for the red-necked phalarope that spent Sunday afternoon at Bicester Wetland Reserve.
|roe deer buck, Bicester Wetland Reserve|
Our local birds are incredibly busy at the moment - blue tits in a tireless search for small insects to feed their growing chicks, a female blackbird industriously building a nest in the climbing hydrangea, fledgling starlings constantly demanding food, great-crested grebes giving their youngsters a piggy-back and lapwings watching ever so warily for predators.
|blue tit, back garden|
|great-crested grebe family, Compton Verney|
|Arctic Norway inland from Tromso, July 2013|