The essential wildlife events to enjoy this month, compiled by Pete Dommett.
TWO LITTLE DUCKS
Our only summer migrant ducks, garganeys arrive this month in twos, having paired up on wintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa. Sightings of this small species (between teal and mallard in size) are unpredictable, but search quiet lakes in the south and east of England for handsome drakes – identified by white eye-stripes – and their muted mates. Some are en route to breeding grounds in north and east Europe; a tiny population of fewer than 100 pairs stays to nest in the UK.
GET INVOLVED Send sightings of spring migrants to the BTO at www.birdtrack.net