Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Brandon Marsh



This morning I intended to visit Draycote Water but the early morning rain put me off, so instead, I headed to Brandon Marsh, where at least I knew shelter could be had should the rain persist. The day was a mixture of light rain, sunshine, showers and gloom. Arriving at 0615 I was not the first with a number of the Brandon regulars already in place. I have to ask, though, why is it necessary to take all their cars down onto the reserve? The Olive bench corner resembled Tesco's car park! Yes, I know they were ringing, but one car is sufficient to carry equipment. There must be more "wardens" at Brandon than the total number of WWT reserves! I appreciate the valuable work these volunteers do but surely the cars can be left in the top carpark? Legs are a very efficient form of transport when used appropriately!

Arriving on Newlands, I was pleased to get my best views this year of a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. Unfortunately, my images do not do this bird justice. It was to be high ISO day to get any reasonable speed.



Grasshopper Warbler

Grasshopper Warbler

Grasshopper Warbler


East Marsh Pool held all of the expected birds, Common Tern, Oystercatcher (3), Shelduck (2), Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Redshank, a drake Teal, Sand Martin. The hedgerows and reed beds contained numerous Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Cettis Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler.

Carlton Pool gave me my best views of two Kingfishers this year. A further (same?) bird was also seen in flight on East Marsh Pool. Two Grey Wagtails passed through but little else.



Jay

Redshank

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kingfisher


Walking back through New Hare, it was good to meet up with Geoff H at last and while watching Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Nuthatch appeared with a Treecreeper higher up in the canopy. It was rather dark so my efforts at capturing the Nuthatch required a very high ISO.


Nuthatch



Nuthatch


Most of the Warblers remained elusive but I managed to capture Whitethroat and Willow Warbler on my way back to the visitor centre.



Whitethroat

Whitethroat

Willow Warbler


And finally, I couldn't resist these "luvvy duvvy" Shelducks on East Marsh!


Mr & Mrs Shelduck


(More images can be seen on my website - see link opposite)


Todays Sightings 0615 - 1030:

Wood Pigeon; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Pied Wagtail; Willow Warbler; Blackcap; Robin; Blue Tit; Swallow; Cettis Warbler; Song Thrush; Dunnock; Whitethroat; Wren; Stock Dove; Garden Warbler; Chiffchaff; Mallard; Reed Bunting; Oystercatcher; Grasshopper Warbler; Cuckoo; Sedge Warbler; Grey Heron; Swift; Black Headed Gull; Common Tern; Coot; Tufted Duck; Mute Swan; Shelduck; Grey Lag Goose; Lapwing; Little Ringed Plover; Ringed Plover; Moorehen; Pheasant; Redshank; Teal; Sand Martin; Jay; Reed Warbler; Bullfinch; Grey wagtail; Great Tit; Cormorant; Green Woodpecker; Long Tailed tit; Treecreeper; Goldcrest; Nuthatch.


4 comments:

Max Silverman said...

Well done Kevin with the G/H Warbler.Hard to see let alone get a shot of.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Max. Might have been better views had the "ringing" team not descended and the bird was not seen (or heard) while I was there.

Geoff Haynes said...

Hello Kevin, Very nice to meet you yesterday. Glad that you got the Grass Hopper Warbler.

Kevin Groocock said...

Hi Geoff - always good to put a face to the name. I know a lot of "internet" people but would probably walk past them in the street!How did your pics come out?