Saturday, 11 March 2017

WkWT Brandon Marsh :: 11 March 2017

No coffee before we went out onto the reserve on this occasion. Straight away we could hear a great spotted woodpecker drumming somewhere between the New Hare Covert track and the Visitors Centre. TreecreeperBy the tall trees we also found a treecreeper who danced between the trees and over our heads. As the treecreeper was lost from view it was replaced by a nuthatch, although high in the canopy.

Nothing significant from Wright hide and when we got back to Goose Pool we decided to stop for a coffee back at the Centre. As we reached the south end on Grebe Pool we were lucky enough to spot a redpoll feeding. A successful morning even if we'd stopped there. Redpoll

Back out and a march down to East Marsh hide. Snipe visible from there and after a few minutes a total of five counted. Nothing from Carlton but on then to the final hide. Two buzzard resting in the distant trees were joined by a pair of great spotted woodpecker. Grey heron entertains a hoard of visitors being guided round.

On our return we came across a mother and son watching another redpoll but unfortunately I got too close before realising what was going on and was too close for a photo fearless redpoll! Stepping backwards to make space the bird flew off.

More redpoll in trees as we approached the Visitors Centre, then homeward bound.

Sightings (36) included: black-headed gull, blackbird, blue tit, buzzard, canada goose, carrion crow, chaffinch, common gull, coot, cormorant, dunnock, great crested grebe, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, greenfinch, grey heron, greylag goose, herring gull, lapwing, lesser black-backed gull, lesser redpoll, magpie, mallard, moorhen, nuthatch, oystercatcher, pochard, reed bunting, robin, shoveler, snipe, teal, treecreeper, tufted duck, woodpigeon and wren.

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