One of the highlights locally occurred when I popped outside to secure the ropes on Friday afternoon as three Whimbrel were overflying the marina heading east, great timing. Another positive from a local perspective was my first sighting this year of a Kingfisher, when I noticed one zooming through the moorings yesterday evening.
May 29th. After a few concerned texts and emails regarding their well-being (if you recall one of the parents was taken by a fox) I can tell you that a welfare check took place this morning managed by Jim Rushforth and I can confirm that all 3 Owlets have fledged successfully!
During my Saturday visit, were I missed an unprecedented flyover of 9 Raven by arriving late, it was necessary to check out some of the off-track areas of the reserve and during my tour I was amazed to find that the place is literally awash with Common Spotted Orchid, I stopped counting when I reached 50. Having said that please do not venture off the main tracks at Brandon as there are plenty to be found within the public areas. I can also tell you that for someone who works the reserve and knows it extremely well there are some newly formed dangerous deep water areas!
|Black-tailed Godwit (record shot)|
Today I arrived a little later than normal but was fortunate enough to see a rather pristine looking Black-tailed Godwit which arrived on East Marsh Pool mid-morning. The usual Ringed and Little-ringed plover were also recorded along with 6 Oystercatcher, including the 2 recent juveniles. There was also evidence of Grey Wagtail breeding on the reserve when an adult male and youngster were seen on Goose Pool.