Sunday, April 17, 2016

Diary Update #35

An absolutely glorious, crisp and frosty start to the day with -3 showing on the dashboard as I left for Brandon Marsh.

Hide and seek with a Common Whitethroat
On arrival I took a circular walk over Farm Pool and Top Reedbed, recording my first Common Whitethroat of the year on the 'Tip' area. I paused for a while trying to photo the little fella, only managing a record shot but while here a Cuckoo began calling close by. It turned out to be a bird, according to my records, that has visited over the previous three years and has a distinct call. It has a Cuck but little ooo!

Short-eared Owl over Sheepfield this morning!
Around at the Sheepfield gate I paused for a little while to listen for Warblers when a Short-eared Owl, being mobbed by several Corvids, dropped down. The bird offered excellent views, quartering briefly before moving higher and heading off over East Marsh Pool. A Lesser Whitethroat too while here, with three in total during my visit.

Short-eared Owl
As I approached the Baldwin Hide a call alerted me to a Curlew, which I was convinced had dropped onto East Marsh Pool! No sign from the hide but when I moved around to East Marsh Hide the word was I'd missed four birds, which didn't drop in but continued over heading east. An enjoyable visit with other species of note: Black-tailed Godwit, (4) Redshank, (2) Common Sandpiper, (4) Oystercatcher and a Muntjac Deer on Wigeon Bank. The usual Warblers in song, including at least (3) Cetti's Warbler.