Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Diary Update #21 Brandon Marsh

On Monday our resident Barnacle Goose was joined by two more, whether or not these were feral birds or not is a matter of opinion but it was still nice to see these attractive looking geese gracing East Marsh Pool. All three pairs of Pintail were still on site during my visit, split between River Pool and East Marsh Pool and at one stage (77) Wigeon dropped in, identified when they were way off by that amazing call. Cetti's Warblers are becoming more vocal and along with hearing three separate birds, a fourth was seen as it flew across the front of East Marsh Hide. Jay's are everywhere! At least six birds were having a real battle in Horsetail Glade, with some strange 'calls' emanating that I've never heard before.

Drake Pintail still remains with 2♀ during today's visit.
Having spent the last few days in search of early summer arrivals it was nice to finally see my first Sand Martins of the year today! Three individuals passed over East Marsh Pool shortly before midday, after which another four birds were seen during the rest of my stay.

A 'bullish' Bullfinch near Wright Hide early on Monday Morning!
Only (3) Pintail remain (1♂ + 2) and a slightly better count of Snipe today, with (11) recorded. A couple of Willow Tits during my travels, plus Raven over and Little Grebe at Carlton Hide. Other notables for the day included: (4) Great Crested Grebe, (2) Red-legged Partridge, Little Egret, (18) Wigeon, (2) Oystercatcher (7) Buzzard and a 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull on East Marsh Pool.