Saturday, 11 February 2017

WkWT Brandon Marsh :: 04 February 2017

Charlotte has been trying to get out for a walk each day recently but was getting tired for the same old routes. I suggested that we head for Brandon Marsh, have a coffee and have a walk out in the reserve. Having coffee we could see that work parties had been busy clearing bushes and small trees from behind the feeders. Great spotted woodpecker made a brief appearance but no sign of nuthatch or bullfinch. Onto the reserve and down to the East Marsh hide. Good numbers of gulls but few lapwing. Good numbers of cormorant too. Just the usual collection of regulars so tried Carlton. Reports that the bittern had dropped into the reeds to the right of the hide gave us hope that we would see it when it left but after 30+ minutes we had to get back ... the bittern had been quite mobile but as usual we were just too late to catch up.

A nice afternoon to follow Draycote with, and a roaring fire after dinner.

Sightings (30) included: black-headed gull, blue tit, canada goose, carrion crow, chaffinch, coal tit, common gull, coot, cormorant, dunnock, gadwall, goldeneye, goosander, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, greenfinch, greylag goose, herring gull, lapwing, lesser black-backed gull, magpie, mallard, moorhen, reed bunting, robin, rock dove / feral pigeon, shoveler, teal, tufted duck and woodpigeon.

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