Saturday, April 13, 2013

North Meets South

Summer Arrivals - Willow Warbler Influx
Five Tufted Duck on the marina, Skylarks singing and a Chiffchaff calling were a nice start to the day and on route to Brandon Marsh, lots of Yellowhammer on the roadside too around the Stockton area.

Although it was beautifully clear at the marina when I left by the time I reached Brandon fog hindered the start of my visit, although this soon gave way to a beautiful morning. What was apparent though is that overnight there had been a major influx of Willow Warbler and by the time I reached the golf course I'd already recorded (6) singing♂. Blackbirds were also in full song  with (5) singing♂ and (3) Linnet near the Sheepfield are also worth a mention. East Marsh Pool Wader count had (3) Little-ringed Plover, (2) Redshank, (2) Oystercatcher and (3) Snipe. Sand Martins were busy checking out the nesting structure and Swallows were well into double figures.

Despite the continuing arrival of our southern summer visitors, northern winter visitors are still plentiful with good numbers of Teal and Shoveler on the pools, along with at least (6) Lesser Redpoll near the Saga sign, (2) Siskin over and a selection of Fieldfare and Redwing (30+) on the fields adjacent to the farm area.

Mid morning the conditions were perfect for soaring Raptors and at one stage from the Big Hide I managed a count of (7) Buzzard and (2) Sparrowhawk enjoying the thermals.

A little sun has started to bring on the flowers in small numbers with Daffodil, Primrose and Lesser Celandine, plus several Bumble Bees on the wing along with a single Butterfly, which from a distance was probably a Peacock.

Also recorded of note: Chiffchaff (9 singing♂), Water Rail (2), Kingfisher (1), Green Woodpecker (1), Great-spotted Woodpecker (3), Skylark (1 over), Pied Wagtail (1), Song Thrush (3), Cetti's Warbler (4 calling), Goldcrest (2 singing♂), Nuthatch (2), Treecreeper (2) and Bullfinch (2♂ 2♀).

Lesser Redpoll Still To Be Found!