Sunday, October 06, 2013

Weekend Update

A phone call from Tim Marlow on Saturday morning had Dee and I making a short stop at Napton for a look at a Redstart Tim had located. Although Dee managed a good view of the bird on the gated road that runs down to the old quarry, I only managed a fleeting glimpse before the bird went into cover. Thermals over the hill had a mixture of four Raven and seven Buzzard circling during our stay.

Still Blackcaps to be found
Sunday at Brandon Marsh still had excellent numbers of Wigeon on East Marsh Pool and a Peregrine made a brief appearance, before making off empty handed. A single Green Sandpiper flew off as we approached the screen area and a half dozen Snipe were recorded around the reserve. A few warblers still to be found, these included a brace of both Blackcap and Chiffchaff, plus a late Reed Warbler in the reeds in front of Big hide. Visible migration was ongoing with over three dozen Skylark, thirty odd Linnet, a couple of Siskin and at few Meadow Pipit, three Grey Wagtail were also noted, with two over central marsh and a single near the farm area.