Saturday, 20 July 2013

Brandon Marsh :: 20 July 2013

Normal Saturday morning before Brandon Marshes but then off with the girls to the Badger Tearoom for lunch - a few refreshing drinks and paninis before setting off with ice creams for a gentle walk round the reserve. Dodgy knee you know, so gentle it was. Thank goodness the temperature dropped off and we had some cloud cover.

Green sandpiperA lot of butterflies and dragonflies out today with our favourite being the Banded Demoiselle - gorgeous - well spotted Eilidh. Some big dragonflies too - quite un-nerving. Not too many people out but a good number of birds if not species.

Our sightings (37) included: ferrel pigeon, wood pigeon, chaffinch, pheasant, bullfinch, great tit, blackbird, blue tit, greenfinch, magpie, black headed gull, swallow, greylag goose, mute swan, green woodpecker, carrion crow, lapwing, coot, starling, cormorant, oystercatcher, canada goose, tufted duck, redshank, common gull, ringed plover, common tern, sand martin, mallard, grey heron, moorhen, green sandpiper, barnacle goose, lesser black backed gull, stock dove, swift, and hobby.