Thursday is not a day that I would normally visit Brandon Marsh, as the worthy volunteers of the conservation team are working hard to improve the reserve. Today, however, I had arranged to meet up with Matt Johnston who is working towards a documentary on bird watching. Some of you might meet him around the area and hopefully you will assist him in his work. The day started rather wet with a keen wind but improved towards midday. It was good to see and hear the increasing numbers of migrants. Spring would not be the same without the sound of the Willow Warbler and these were well within double figures. A male Blackcap was singing near the Baldwin Hide and a Common Sandpiper was on East Marsh Pool. A Common Tern briefly visited East Marsh Pool but disappeared as quickly as it arrived! Hopefully, Matt got something out of the morning and it was a pity I could only stay until 1200hrs. A list of sightings can be found at the end of this post.
Dunnock; Starling; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Canada Goose; Greylag Goose; Jackdaw; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Magpie; Robin; Blue Tit; Willow Warbler; Great Tit; LBB Gull; Sand Martin; Swallow; Green Woodpecker; Wren; Redshank; Lapwing; Shoveler; Coot; Tufted Duck; Common Sandpiper; Little Ringed Plover; Mallard; Oystercatcher; Moorhen; Teal; Grey Heron; Lesser Redpoll; Treecreeper; Octopus; Cettis Warbler; Common Tern; Snipe; Reed Bunting; Pheasant; Bullfinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Song Thrush; Great Crested Grebe; Gadwall; Blackcap; Buzzard; Cormorant.