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Friday, 13 August 2010

A murky morning at Marsh Lane!

Well it is Friday 13th! The day did not look promising and lived up to my initial impression - murk! I decided to visit Marsh Lane as this is one of my favourite reserves, but one I visit very infrequently. The hides here are reasonably close together so shelter is easily had. The day was one of heavy showers, gloom with a sprinkling of sunshine but a biting north wind, reminiscent of late autumn. Recent reports of a Garganey spurred me on but after five hours searching it could not be found.

The car park pool produced a drake Pochard, one Green Sandpiper and at least twelve Sand Martin's. Oak and railway pools were quiet with one Common Sandpiper of note. The oak hide feeders held Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Tree Sparrow's with the expected tits and finches.

Not a lot in five hours searching! (A complete list of sightings can be found at the end of this blog).

From the screens, hoping to equal Max's excellent Reed Warbler's, all I got was this juv Moorhen!

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

(More images on my website - see link opposite)

Todays Sightings (0700 - 1200):

Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Goldfinch; Wren; Coot; Dabchick; Pochard; Grey Lag Goose; Mute Swan; Grey Heron; Gadwall; Starling; Moorhen; Green Woodpecker; LBB Gull; Tufted Duck; Stock Dove; Cormorant; Greenfinch; Chaffinch; Swallow; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Pheasant; Black Headed Gull; Shoveler (f); Lapwing; Pied Wagtail: Great Spotted Woodpecker; Black Swan; Reed Warbler; Nuthatch; Teal; Tree Sparrow; Common Sandpiper; Blackbird; Canada Goose; Reed Bunting; Green Sandpiper; Sand Martin; Buzzard; House Martin.


Max Silverman said...

I needed help to spot the Garganey yesterday it looked very drab in eclipse.Nice shots considering the gloomy conditions.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Max. Five hours spent searching! Ahh well thats birding!