I absolutely love Brandon Marsh in the rain! Not a soul to be found, only the ardent regulars. The morning actually started off pretty quiet and a circular walk around Farm Field and Top Reedbed produced little of note, save for the now established Chiffchaff
, Willow Warbler
. A singing Mistle Thrush
, which has actually been doing his level best to attract a mate for over two weeks now was unfortunately still on territory.
|One of two Cuckoo's at Brandon Marsh today!|
The strangest of occurrences as I walked through New Hare Covert, when I clearly heard a Tawny Owl
call, not once but twice, no sign after a little investigation. As I emerged past the golf course my first Cuckoo
of the year could be heard and indeed seen at distance atop the owl box tree on Alban's Reedbed. A brace of Sedge Warblers
in the reeds and the dozen or so Lesser Redpoll,
which have been feeding in the large alders by 'Olive Bench', were still there.
When I reached East Marsh Hide it wasn't long before I registered Common Sandpiper
(year 1st), which Alan Boddington had forewarned me about via text message, Yellow Wagtail
, Black-tailed Godwit
. Also of note while here: (5) Redshank
and (4) Oystercatcher
|Black-tailed Godwit still feeding well on Teal Pool|
While taking a better look at the Cuckoo
from the Ted Jury Hide, which was still perched up, a second bird suddenly appeared and immediately took offence! With both singing what ensued was a real battle for territory, with both birds going at it hammer and tongue and feathers flying! A sight I've never witnessed before but a real treat. A single Snipe
fly-by while this was going on, plus an addition of Little Egret
on Teal pool while heading back to the centre ended a very enjoyable mornings birding.