Friday, April 10, 2015

Back On Patch!

Back on the patch this morning and an early start at Brandon Marsh after a quick scan of the marina for any overnight arrivals. None to be had and despite high hopes there were no white, grey or yellow in the Pied Wagtail roost, which numbered around 25 birds today. 

Record shot of Napton Ring Ouzel! A better one HERE from Bob Hazell
To Brandon and it's amazing what a difference a week makes, the place was alive with birdsong with at least a half dozen Willow Warbler during my walk, plus several Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing away. East Marsh Pool had (4) Redshank, (4) Oystercatcher, (2) Little-ringed Plover, (2) Green Sandpiper and the Sand Martin structure was a hive of activity. My first UK Swallows of the year too before a phone call from Richard Mays had me literally on my way back home, well Napton Reservoir as it happens just across from the marina. The reward was a nice Ring Ouzel on the field just below the Reservoir and showing very well when I arrived, a nice local tick and thanks to Richard for the call.