Managed a couple of hours sleep after a rather hectic night shift and decided to have a walk at Brandon this afternoon. Arrived at 1430 to a blustery but warm and sunny afternoon, walking my usual route to East Marsh and Carlton Hides and then back around Newlands. It was rather quiet with 53 bird common species before heading home at 1800. My only year list addition was Cuckoo. A Common Sandpiper briefly bathed off Willow Island for about 10 minutes before departing. Good scope views of Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers side by side on Willow Island would have made a good picture, but alas not close enough for my camera. Managed a few pictures of the commoner species, with more on my Website.
Most people at Brandon are friendly and are willing to engage in conversation. However, today I met Mr Grumpy whose only effort at conversation was a series of rather begrudging grunts! Ahh well everyone to their own.........................................................................!!!
Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Robin; Swift; Swallow; House Martin; Magpie; Coot; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Mute Swan; Mallard; Canada Goose; Lapwing; Common Tern; Shelduck; Oystercatcher; Redshank; Cettis Warbler; Wren; Heron; Moorhen; Sedge Warbler; Jay; Ringed Plover; Wigeon; Sand Martin; Chiffchaff; Whitethroat; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Pied Wagtail; Little Ringed Plover; Buzzard; Common Sandpiper; Reed Warbler; Great Tit; Willow Warbler; Pheasant; Chaffinch; Cuckoo; Reed Bunting; Dabchick; Long Tailed Tit; Blackcap; Green Woodpecker; Gadwall; LBB Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Kestrel; Song Thrush; Bullfinch.