Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Brandon Tuesday

Common Sandpiper @ River Pool
As I left for Brandon Marsh this morning I was surprised at just how much the temperature had dropped overnight with the on-board weather station showing a chilly 12C.

A number of young Swallows and House Martins are still passing through the marina and when I reached the car I could also hear a Yellowhammer calling and a Kestrel was hunting over the dog walking meadow!

I arrived at an equally chilly and overcast Brandon just after 7.30am noting a Common Buzzard and 2 Green Woodpecker before parking and taking my usual route through New Hare Covert. Here, although generally quiet I managed Treecreeper, Great-spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch. The path past the golf course was extremely quiet with the only bird of note a calling Willow Warbler, Newlands reed bed was also extremely quiet.

A first scan of East Marsh pool from the Wright Hide was taken up with the sheer volume of Black-headed Gulls, Canada and Greylag Geese. Sadly nothing unusual among the flocks with the exception of the lone Pink-footed Goose, which now seems to appear daily.

Sunday's Spotted flycatcher @ Brandon Marsh
River Pool held 35 Teal and a lone Common Sandpiper and a stop off at Teal Pool Hide before coffee in Big Hide produced a credible 6 Green Sandpiper!

From Big Hide itself an adult and juvenile Little Grebe, plus 2 Common Tern, 6 Gadwall and 7 Shoveler were the only other additions. A visit to the screen area was very lucrative when a large mixed flock passed through registering: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest, 12 Willow Warbler, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Tit and a Blackcap, Carlton Hide had 5 Common Whitethroat.

Only a few Butterflies and Odanata on the wing today with Gatekeeper, Peacock, Red Admiral and Green-veined White, plus Brown Hawker Dragonfly and Red-eyed Damselfly.

I've also posted a record shot of Sunday's Spotted Flycatcher and for my own personal record I omitted 5 Little Egret and 4 Ringed Plover from Saturdays post regarding Rutland Water!