Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Friday, 8 May 2009

Brandon Marsh


Canada Gosling


Willow Warbler


Willow Warbler


Sedge Warbler


Sedge Warbler


Sedge Warbler


Tufted Ducks


I don't normally visit the same area two days running, but I wanted to get out relatively early, and just after leaving home, it rained heavily. I decided to go back to Brandon Marsh as if the weather remained wet, the hides would be very welcome. I need not have worried as I soon drove out of the rain and arrived at Brandon to sunshine and a strong wind. Between 0615 and 1030, I spotted 59 bird species, and visited all the hides and pools. Not a lot had changed since yesterday, with my only year tick being Garden Warbler. The Common Sandpiper was on Willow Island with Ringed and Little Ringed Plover and it was pleasing to see the Oystercatcher offspring. A wagtail caught my eye on Willow Island - a resplendant White Wagtail. A Cuckoo was seen in the dead trees off Teal Pool and again in the dead trees at Carlton Hide. I spent some time on Newlands photographing Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler but no chance of getting pics of the Cettis Warblers, though! It was also pleasing that the other birders present today were sociable, communicating and with no begrudging grunts!!! More pics on website.
Todays List:
Yellowhammer (Brandon Lane); Carrion Crow; Robin; Swallow; Pheasant; Wood Pigeon; Grey Lag Goose; Great Tit; Chiffchaff; Blackbird; Wren; Green Woodpecker; Magpie; Blackcap; Canada Goose; Great Crested Grebe; Song Thrush; Cettis Warbler; Willow Warbler; Whitethroat; Kestrel; Stock Dove; Dunnock; Bullfinch; Garden Warbler; Chaffinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Reed Warbler; Sedge Warbler; Reed Bunting; Lapwing; Mallard; Cormorant; Gadwall; Wigeon; Oystercatcher; Tufted Duck; Coot; Water Rail; Mute Swan; Redshank; Ringed Plover; Little Ringed Plover; Sand Martin; Common Tern; Moorhen; House Martin; Cuckoo; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Swift; Starling; Blue Tit; Heron; Long Tailed Tit; Jay; Common Sandpiper; White Wagtail; Greenfinch; Dabchick.

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