Friday, March 18, 2016

Diary Entry #19

A later start to the day and first stop Wolston gravel extraction before heading off to Brandon Marsh for lunch!

Another chilly and dank overcast morning with the bitterly northeasterly wind still persisting. Wolston was busy with plant machinery but I parked at the works entrance and took a circular route following the public footpaths. Down towards the River Avon a decent flock of around 200 Linnet in the treetops, mixed in were several Chaffinch and even a few Redwing. Towards the west around thirty or so Golden Plover, possibly over Brandon at this point, moved through. Across the small footbridge in the flooded field a Buzzard was perched up and a Kestrel was eating prey on the ground just below, (15) Fieldfare were also noted in the same tree! Walking across to the sewage works a Skylark was singing overhead and a further passage of Fieldfare with around fifty birds but little on the ground with a dog walker not helping matters.

Brandon Marsh next and lunch in East Marsh Hide. Highlights during my stay included: (3 pair) Pintail, (4♂ + 1) Pochard, (3) Wigeon, (5) Great Crested Grebe, (3) Shelduck. (4) Oystercatcher, (2) Redshank, (1) Little Egret and (2) Little Grebe at Carlton Pool. A Muntjac deer also made an appearance on Wigeon Bank.