Sunday, April 10, 2016

Diary Update #29

The weekend was spent as is the norm at this time of year searching for more spring arrivals. Things are definitely beginning to move through now at a little more pace and Brandon Marsh on Saturday morning produced my first Reed Warbler of the year, when one was singing in the reedbed at 'Alban's Bench'.

My first brief view of Sedge Warbler for 2015!
Prior to this a Sedge Warbler was also showing well, albeit briefly, as I emerged from New Hare Covert and I even managed to produce a photo of the 'blurred kind' before it fell silent. Possibly the same bird was singing later in the morning, this time from 'Olive Bench'. Also of note during Saturday's visit: (2) Little-ringed Plovers on Willow Island, East marsh Pool, 1stS Mediterranean Gull and Black-tailed Godwit still!

Record shot of Ring Ouzel at Burbage Leicestershire!
Today (Sunday) I began with an early start, meeting up with Geoff Hood at his house in Burbage, Leicestershire, where just a short distance away a couple of Ring Ouzels were showing well in a horse field. On arrival a short 20 minute wait in frosty conditions produced one of the birds, which offered good scope views and even the opportunity of a record shot as it appeared from the scrub! A couple of Redwing feeding in the same area gave me a nice April record too!

Linnet - Singing across Alban's Reedbed
Brandon Marsh later in the morning produced a dozen Lesser Redpoll near 'Olive Bench', where a Sedge Warbler (possibly yesterday's bird) was singing well. The pools had the now established summer visitors, including (2) Little Egret and the bonus of a Yellow Wagtail and even a Peacock butterfly. From the comfort of East Marsh Hide, Water Rail, Sedge Warbler singing briefly to the right, Willow Tit heard and Cetti's Warbler. The Black-tailed Godwit remains and also worth a mention, my first female Blackcap was noted in New Hare Covert. Home now for a well earned nap!