I spent yesterday (Thursday 4th) with the work party at Brandon Marsh, where we finally began the painstaking process of ridding Carlton Pool of the dreaded Crassula helmsii. Otherwise known as New Zealand Pygmy Weed, an invasive pond plant first introduced to the UK in 1911 from Tasmania and damn near impossible to get rid off! Birding highlights: (149) Wigeon, (2) Grey Wagtail, (2) Chiffchaff and the first autumn flock of Siskin/Lesser Redpoll, with around forty feeding in the alder near the Baldwin Hide.
|Tackling the dreaded Crassula helmsii on Carlton Pool!|
|One of two ♀Goosander - Riding the wash|
The dynamic duo of Richard and Pete next and stories of a Warwickshire first for delighted Richard, with a Four-spotted Footman in his moth trap the other morning, well done to him. Keith and I paused for a cuppa in the hide during a downpour, Toft Shallows having excellent numbers of Tufted Duck, Great-crested Grebe and at least a dozen Little Grebe. No sign of the now infamous, Albino Squirrel in the area!
|Wheatear - Thank you to the lovely lady!|