Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Friday, 1 May 2009

Brandon Marsh


Coot v Mallard


Coot v Mallard


Coot v Mallard


Redshank


Redshank


Record Garganey Pic


Having finished a night shift and managing a couple of hours sleep, I decided to take a stroll around Brandon this afternoon. Arriving at 1330 to warm sunshine and taking a leisurely pace to East Marsh Hide, Carlton Hide and finishing around Newlands, I was able to amass 61 bird species. Frustration of the day was the very poor quality of my photographs, and a drake Garganey that refused to come in close!
All the usual suspects were spotted, best of the day, and year ticks, were the drake Garganey on East Marsh Pool and two Hobbies from the Carlton Hide.
It was fascinating to watch a very aggressive Coot attempting to show who is boss on the Carlton Pool. No peace for the Mallard's and the Garganey on East Marsh Pool was singled out a couple of times, but was not forced close to any of the hides.
Today's List:
Garganey (1m); Hobby (2); Carrion Crow; Robin; Starling; Swallow (40+); Heron (3); Wren; Dunnock; Chiffchaff (5); Wood Pigeon; Feral Pigeon; Pheasant (3); Blackbird; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Coot; Cettis Warbler (3 seen, 7 singing locations); Mallard; House Martin (100+); Willow Warbler(5); Reed Warbler (6); Redshank (3); Wigeon (3); Lapwing; Magpie; Oystercatcher (2); Moorhen; Grey Lag Goose; Common Tern (7); Shelduck (2); Sedge Warbler (4); Ringed Plover (2); Little Ringed Plover (3); Cormorant; Tufted Duck; Gadwall; LBB Gull (2); Teal; Snipe (4); Pied Wagtail; Blue Tit; Sand Martin (50+); Whitethroat (5); Reed Bunting (4); Dabchick (2); Kestrel (2); Herring Gull (1 over); Jay (1); Kingfisher (1); Great Crested Grebe (2) ; Green Woodpecker (1); Chaffinch; Barnacle Goose (1); Great Spotted Woodpecker; Song Thrush; Stock Dove; Long Tailed Tit; Greenfinch.
More pics on website.

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