Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Diary Update #27

After my weekend break it's been back to Brandon Marsh in search of new arrivals but unfortunately things are still a little on the slow side, despite some decent southerlies! That said there have definitely been more Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers arriving and my first singing Blackcap here was recorded in New Hare Covert on Monday morning. Sand Martins are busy taking nesting materials into the nesting structure but Swallow and House Martin numbers still remain low.

Black-tailed Godwit on Teal Pool Monday morning!
A second Black-tailed Godwit in as many weeks arrived Monday morning and remained on the reserve, alternating between Teal Pool and East Marsh Pool, today.

Lesser Redpoll
On Monday at least a half dozen Lesser Redpoll were feeding in the alder near the 'Olive Bench' the one photographed above looking superb as summer plumage develops. Siskin can also still be found around the reserve but I've not managed either Redwing or Fieldfare since the turn of the month.

A rare glimpse of Cetti's Warbler from the East Marsh Hide
Also of note over the last few days besides the now established visitors: Red-legged Partridge and Roe Deer around the Farm Pool area, Green Sandpiper from the Ted Jury Hide, (2) Little Egrets on River Pool today and a pair of Pintail remain!

One of many Chiffchaff at Brandon today!