Monday, 18 April 2016

WkWT Brandon Marsh :: 17 April 2016

Couldn't sleep but when I got up the sun was shining - you couldn't have two more different days, yesterday's snow to today's bright sunny morning. A quick breakfast, shower and off to WkWT Brandon Marsh.

Quite wet through New Hare Covert and not much unusual activity but lots of calling from chiffchaff and willow warbler. Black-tailed godwitGot to the edge of the golf course to see a woman with binoculars and scope coming back onto the path - at the same time a cuckoo was calling from across the golf course. I stopped to talk with the woman who explained she had seen the cuckoo drop down and thought she could get a bit closer - when the golf balls started dropping around her she decided that even a cuckoo wasn't enough to chance getting stuck by a golf ball.

Picked up the summer plumage black-tailed godwit and a first winter mediterranean gull from the Wright Hide. Lots of hirundines across the water, the sand martins making good use of the nesting walls. Lots of common gulls, many more than I had seen together before. CuckooOnto East Marsh hide and could now see common sandpiper and redshank. By the time I got to Carlton Hide I heard that the cuckoo was nearby. By the time I reached the Ted Jury Hide I was lucky enough to add water rail and eventually the calling cuckoo. Back to the Visitors Centre and a spot of lunch ... 105 for the year.

Sightings (47) were: robin, blackbird, woodpigeon, magpie, carrion crow, mallard, canada goose, blue tit, kestrel, collared dove, coot, mute swan, blackcap, buzzard, house martin, greylag goose, shoveler, lapwing, wren, lesser black-backed gull, common gull, mediterranean gull, great-crested grebe, tufted duck, sand martin, grey heron, oystercatcher, yellow-legged gull, herring gull, chaffinch, gadwall, teal, moorhen, redshank, common sandpiper, pied wagtail, little grebe, chiffchaff, willow warbler, black-headed gull, stock dove, water rail, cuckoo, great tit, feral pigeon, reed bunting and dunnock.

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