Brandon Marsh was full of birdsong when I arrived: Song Thrush, Wren, Chaffinch and Great Tit the main orchestra. I decided to take my usual route past the wind pump and around towards New Hare Covert. Here (7) Redwing in the hawthorn, at least two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the covert and a Marsh Tit with it's unmistakable call. Over the reed beds Reed Buntings were also in song, along with distant calls of Water Rail and a closer Cetti's Warbler. I made a quick visit to the Wright Hide to check out East Marsh Pool, which was reasonably quiet, the highlights being (4) Oystercatcher, (4) Shelduck, (2) Great Crested Grebe and a large selection of Gulls, which yielded nothing unusual.
|Goldcrest enjoying the glorious sunshine!|
From here on to Horsetail Glade, where a second Marsh Tit of the day and a very vocal Nuthatch. A circular walk around the Farm and Top Reedbeds to finish produced (2) Fieldfare and I displaced a Woodcock while passing along the top bank.
|One of two Grey Wagtails at Wolston|