|Green Sandpiper at Brandon Marsh|
Despite things looking as though they were beginning to pick up at Brandon Marsh with the recent short visits of 6 Black-tailed Godwits and 7 Greenshank things still continue to generally disappoint on the birding front! The best of the week for me has been the 4 Green Sandpiper which continue to roam around the pools, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe and the lone Pink-footed Goose which occasionally drops in with the Greylag flock. Swifts are now becoming much rarer as they head back south, I managed a single sighting on Thursday and 4 Common Tern was my best single count for the week. Thursday's works party managed to strim the two main Islands and around 3/4 of Wigeon Bank but I estimate we'll require another two Thursdays to get the job done.
|Mistle Thrush - An unprecedented 28!!|
The hides at Lagoon 4 as you would imagine were extremely busy and here Alban Wincott and I persevered while Dee stayed outside in the cool. At least 100 or so juvenile Common Tern were present along with Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Shelduck and a lone Little Stint. One of the resident Ospreys also made an appearance during our stay and also perched for a while for some good views. Lagoon 3 held more Green Sandpiper, Wigeon, excellent numbers of Gadwall and two juvenile Black Terns were also a highlight.
On the home front a Green Sandpiper has been hanging around the marina for several days now and a continuing passage of Swallows and House Martins along with the odd Swift. The local Tawny Owls are beginning to call once more and a brief call of a distant Little Owl on Saturday night along with a calling Muntjac Deer!