And so, to the much anticipated results.
In first place is Si with 4 points (1 correct answer and 3 points for being the first to respond in the comments box).
In second place is Ben with 2 points (2 points for being the second to respond in the comments box).
Thanks guys for jumping in. You’re pioneers of the Tuesday Teaser and I’ll try to be less sneaky next time around, I promise. For you, Ben, I might even throw in a moth or two.
If you're curious to find out what the birds were, here are the (impossible) thumbnails revealed... Did anyone get more than one right?!
During eruptive years, Wendover Woods is the place to look.
A regular passage migrant, frequently found on Ivinghoe Hills.
These are juveniles on Startop’s End Reservoir. They're a regular passage migrant at Tring Reservoirs.
A regular passage migrant. This one was on Ivinghoe Beacon
Resident. This photo of a preening juvenile was taken at Wilstone Reservoir
In recent years, Tring Reservoirs has frequently been the home to at least one wintering bird. I took this shot at the end of March 2012, at Startop's End Reservoir, when the bird had all but finished its transition into its smart breeding plumage.
P.S. One highlight from this week: during a brief spell of dry weather, when the sun shone weakly over the scrub and saplings at Heartwood Forest (St Albans), 8 Lesser Redpolls and 5 Reed Buntings were taking it in turns to bathe in a big muddy puddle next to their hedgerow perch. All splashes and head dunking and wing flapping. Birds make bath time look like so much fun!
Plus, very glad to still have 2 Coal Tits and 1 Goldcrest visiting garden feeders and bird bath. They seem to hold their own amongst countless Blue and Great Tits, Blackbirds, Robin, Wren and Dunnocks. They also have to keep their wits about them in case the local Sparrowhawk chances by.