Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Friday, 18 December 2009

Brandon Marsh

Two days off in a row! This must be a record!

I had not been to Brandon for some months, so decided to pay a visit today. Arriving at 0830 I was able to amass 46 bird species, in the seasonally fresh conditions, before leaving at 1145.

The water was not too frozen despite below freezing temperatures. I concentrated mainly on East Marsh Pool, hoping of course for a Bittern to show, but alas, it was not to happen. The pool held most of the expected duck together with one male and one female Goldeneye, a female Goosander, and two Wigeon. A lone Dunlin flew in and was later joined by five Snipe. Three Water Rail's were along the path to East Marsh and a lone Cettis Warbler flitted and called in front of the hide. Large numbers of Siskin (50+) along the paths with about 15 Lesser Redpoll along the Wright Hide path. The snow unfortunately made visibility over the pool very difficult and blowing straight in through the hide flaps. As a result, no photo's were taken! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Todays Sightings:

Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Gt Sp Woodpecker; Robin; Dunnock; Gt Tit; Blue Tit; Chaffinch; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw; Jay; Coot; Moorhen; Kingfisher; Tufted Duck; Shoveler; Teal; Cormorant; Blackbird; BH Gull; Mallard; Goldeneye; LT Tit; Siskin; Lesser Redpoll; Fieldfare; Redwing; Water Rail; Gt Cr Grebe; Grey Heron; Gadwall; Goldfinch; Cettis Warbler; Dunlin; Wren; Lapwing; Grey Lag Goose; Snipe; Common Gull; Mute Swan; Sparrowhawk; LBB Gull; Goosander; Wigeon; Bullfinch; Stock Dove; Muntjac Deer; Common Seal.


col wise said...

I saw that seal Kev and nobody believed me but I thought it was the grey seal.

I have been going to Brandon quite a lot just recently and never see the snipe,hoping to get one before the new year

Kevin Groocock said...

Te-he, I like to slip in a "mega" to see if anyone reads what I write! Not as good as the Minke Whale off the valve tower at Draycote, though!

Good luck with the Snipe.