Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Brandon Marsh

I hate birding at weekends - it is always so busy! This morning I decided to visit Brandon early, arriving at 0600 in the hope of something special being present. As per usual, only the expected birds were on display. East Marsh Pool produced one Redshank with a Snipe in front of the hide and fleeting glimpses of a Water Rail.Teal Pool held a single Green Sandpiper. When I arrived at Carlton Hide, seeing Lesser Whitethroat, it was FULL of photographers all clicking away at two obliging Kingfisher's. I did not stop long and headed for West Marsh and Steetly Hide where I had the hide and a Kingfisher all to myself. Walking back through Old Hare Covert, I was treated to family groups of Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Goldcrest before the peace was shattered with the arrival of two noisy Jays. I decided to walk towards the farm pool area and was treated to a Comma Butterfly and many family groups of Common Whitethroat. (A complete list of sightings is at the end of the post).

Green Sandpiper (Teal Pool)

Green Sandpiper & Lapwing (Teal Pool)

Juv Robin (West Marsh)

Kingfisher (West Marsh)

Peacock Butterfly (Farm Pool)

Long Tailed Tit (Farm Pool)

Meadow Brown Butterfly (Farm Pool)

Comma Butterfly (Farm Pool)

Comma Butterfly (Farm Pool)

Kingfisher (Carlton Pool)

Kingfisher (Carlton Pool)

Brown Hawker

(More images on my website - see link opposite)

Todays Sightings (0600 - 1030):

Robin; Swallow; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Reed Bunting; Black Headed Gull; Blue Tit; Green Woodpecker; Mute Swan; Wren; Stock Dove; Willow Warbler; Great Tit; Blackbird; Chiffchaff; Water Rail; Cettis Warbler; Cormorant; Lapwing; Coot; Mallard; Canada Goose; Common Tern; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; LBB Gull; Dabchick; Redshank; Teal; Shoveler; Moorhen; Grey Heron; Reed Warbler: Green Sandpiper; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Common Whitethroat; Dunnock; Jay; Grey Lag Goose; Pheasant; Song Thrush; Kingfisher; Snipe; Bullfinch; Chaffinch; Long Tailed Tit; Starling; Buzzard; Goldcrest; Treecreeper; Nuthatch; Kestrel; House Martin; Pied Wagtail; Lesser Whitethroat.

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