Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Migration Hots Up!

Since our Lincolnshire away-day on Monday I've been trawling both my home Marina and Brandon Marsh in anticipation of early migrants, can't get enough of this special time of year.

I had a text from Jim Rushforth early on Tuesday morning, the first Sand Martin over Swallow Pool at Brandon Marsh, ably spotted by Peter Berrill. Arriving a little later than normal due to a few commitments I was delighted to have one of my own over East Marsh Pool a little later in the morning, my first of the year.

Stonechat -  Obviously not struggling for some decent grub!
A quick look around the Marina grounds on Wednesday morning had no sign of Sunday's Northern Wheatear, but I did manage a few quick snaps of a nice Stonechat, which looked to be having no problems finding some tasty morsels. A brief visit on Thursday morning to Brandon had several Chiffchaff in song and two more Sand Martin over East Marsh Pool.

After pressing play ensure the 'cogwheel' is clicked on and the resolution 720p is selected to watch in high quality HD.

This mornings visit to Brandon Marsh had a Blackcap singing in New Hare Covert but it was obvious as I passed the golf course that there had been a major influx of Sand Martins overnight. I counted around thirty or so over Newlands but a short while later I'd given up the count when I estimated well over a hundred or so! In among them, my first House Martin of the year, a really early record for Brandon and possible a second bird for me later in the morning while in the East Marsh Hide with Bob Lee. The surprises didn't stop there with two Little Gulls making an appearance mid morning and in fact they were still there when I left around two o'clock. It was the first time since buying my Canon SX bridge camera that  I've actually missed my big lens and of course the big lens boys filled there boots, when all I managed was a bit of dodgy video (above). Looking forward to the weekend and perhaps the first Swallow or Little-ringed Plover at Brandon?