Sunday, 28 April 2013

Brandon Marsh :: 27 April 2013

Picked up Eilidh from a sleepover at school, had breakfast, cut grass, fed the birds, put in canes for runner beans, pruned the lilac bushes, put out the rubbish, Whitethroatposted a letter, dropped into Sainsburys, dropped Charlotte at tennis, and then off to Brandon Marsh with Ailsa for lunch. What a morning.

So after lunch a gentle stroll, interrupted at times by showers and hail-stones. A big change in the residents at Brandon since the Easter weekend - no end of warblers have turned up, as have the swallows. A very significant number of whitethroat were displaying, including lesser. Fantastic views were offered by the female whitethroat in the photo.

Our sightings (39) included: carrion crow, dunnock, woodpigeon, reed bunting, feral pigeon, magpie, blue tit, great tit, great-spotted woodpecker, chaffinch, robin, greenfinch, blackbird, willow warbler, greylag goose, jay, whitethroat, canada goose, lesser whitethroat, tufted duck, lapwing, mute swan, coot, oystercatcher, lesser black-backed gull, redshank, swallow, gadwall, shoveler, mallard, ringed plover, dunlin, heron, blackcap, long-tailed tit, great crested grebe, moorhen, snipe and black-headed gull.

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