With reports of a Woodchat Shrike on Newlands, yesterday, from the Carlton Hide, I arrived at Brandon this morning just before 0500. With no one else around, I walked to the Carlton Hide, with a brief look over East Marsh in case anything caught my eye - it did not! The sun was about to break over the horizon as I opened the flaps, so it would not be good for searching. However, I persevered, with others arriving in one and twos - more eyes to search! It was to no avail and the bird was not located. Unfortunately, time had also run out so I headed back to the car at 0800, walking around the Newlands path, just in case.
Although my prime task was to locate a "lifer" I still amassed 49 bird species. All the usual suspects were about but the best was a Barn Owl hunting over Newlands. I hope that someone re-locates the shrike but it does not look good with a SMS message indicating no sign at 1135. Sorry, no Photo's today.
Cuckoo; Robin; Pheasant; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Song Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Green Woodpecker; Canada Goose; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Chiffchaff; Cettis Warbler; Magpie; Reed Warbler; Mallard; Coot; Wren; Great Tit; Reed Bunting; Water Rail; Redshank; Common Tern; Oystercatcher; Lapwing; Sedge Warbler; Heron; Shoveler; Common Whitethroat; Cormorant; LBB Gull; Swallow; Kestrel; Swift; Dunnock; Greenfinch; Willow Warbler; House Martin; Sparrowhawk; Moorhen; Barn Owl; Stock Dove; Goldfinch; Blue Tit; Blackcap; Great Crested Grebe; Grey Lag Goose; Tufted Duck; Rook; Garden Warbler.