Friday, September 26, 2014

Marina Stroll

It seems that once again my travels abroad have coincided with another excellent find at Brandon Marsh! Birds I've missed in the passed through travel Pectoral Sandpiper, Spotted Crake and this time around, Firecrest. Notice I haven't mentioned Spotted Redshank, yet another bird missed this time around and one more that will enter my list of 'Birds I've Failed To Record At Brandon'. People keep telling me I should go away more often!!

Gorgeous Firecrest in the nets at Brandon - Thanks to Fred for the photo and Jim for allowing me to publish it!
Anyway I've not actually had a tour of the marina grounds in the last month and so this afternoon I was spurred into action by the constant passage of Skylarks I could hear while completing some boat chores. There were at least 30 over while I strolled around. Swallows are still here too with three birds on the wires near the canal junction and Starlings seem to be everywhere. One or two Reed Buntings were foraging in the reedbeds and dragonflies included Migrant Hawker and Common Darter, a single Speckled Wood butterfly was on the wing.

Still with us! Swallow
The surrounding bramble and hawthorn is drooping under the pressure of fruit and here a couple of Chiffchaff, plus Linnet, Chaffinch, House Sparrow and Blackbirds were taking advantage. Robins are on the increase and while I was adjacent to Napton Reservoir a Hobby flew through being pursued by a couple of Jackdaws. The ever present Pied Wagtails were around and both Yellow Wagtail and Meadow Pipit were recorded going over, along with Buzzard and the iconic Napton Ravens were cronking well.

Fruit Abounds!
However, where have my Tree Sparrows gone? An ever present here at Wigram's but not a single sighting today!