Friday, October 03, 2014

Weekly Update

A tour of the local areas started off today with a quick look around the Marina grounds. A group of five juvenile Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff and a calling Tawny Owl before I headed off to Draycote Water. A very chilly Draycote was pretty dire to be honest and apart from the many Meadow Pipits to be found and a single Grey Wagtail, a couple of Little Egret was the best I could manage before I gave up and moved on to Brandon Marsh.

Brandon was also extremely quiet and I spent a short time in the East Marsh and Teal Pool Hides before taking a look at Newlands from the new Ted Jury Hide. East Marsh produced of note: Willow Tit, over 100 Wigeon, a couple of Common Snipe and over 40 Gadwall with a single Green Sandpiper on Teal Pool.

Grey Squirrel keeping well clear of the Stoat below!
The Ted Jury Hide had produced a couple of Stonechat on Tuesday, one of which I managed to locate during a guided walk for the Rugby Gardeners Guild and today yielded a couple of Kestrel and a Stoat, which wasn't very obliging when I attempted to get a photograph!

Highly cropped record of today's Jack Snipe at Brandon.
I met up with Alan Boddington when I arrived back at the East Marsh Hide and it was also great to see Alvin Burton out and about too. Alan called a Snipe across on Wigeon Bank and immediately the constant bobbing alerted us to the first Jack Snipe of the autumn, which was still showing quite well when I departed a short time later.

First Golden Plover of the autumn for me.
In the late afternoon back at the marina I was alerted to the calls of Golden Plover in close proximity while chatting with one of the neighbors. A quick peek at the adjacent field gave up eleven birds feeding in among a group of Starlings.