A long overdue visit to Brandon Marsh saw Ian and myself arriving c0800hrs. It was a pleasant morning, warming as the day progressed. The reserve and pools were quite quiet with nothing exceptional showing! A single Green Sandpiper was located at the far end of Teal Pool, an obliging Grey Wagtail preened on one of the Kingfisher poles at Carlton Hide and a male Stonechat was chased around Newlands by Reed Buntings. Overhead, a large passage of Wood Pigeons, c400 was impressive. A male Common Darter was found on the bench near Carlton Hide. A full list of species seen can be found at the end of this post.
Common Darter (male)
Mute Swan; Greylag Goose; Canada Goose; Mallard; Gadwall; Shoveler; Teal; Tufted Duck; Pheasant; Dabchick; Cormorant; Grey Heron; Kestrel; Sparrowhawk (f); Buzzard; Water Rail (heard); Moorhen; Coot; Lapwing; Green Sandpiper; Snipe; Black Headed Gull; LBB Gull; Stock Dove; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Kingfisher; Green Woodpecker; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Skylark; Pied Wagtail; Grey Wagtail; Dunnock; Robin; Stonechat (m); Song Thrush; Redwing; Blackbird; Wren; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Coal Tit; Nuthatch; Magpie; Jay; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Starling; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Bullfinch; Reed Bunting.