Thursday, April 28, 2016

Diary Update #40

A bit of a fragmented week birding wise, with not as much time as normal spent out in the field. On Tuesday an early visit to Napton Reservoir produced my first local Whinchat of the year, along with Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, (3) Sedge Warbler, at least (3) Lesser Whitethroat, White Wagtail and single Snipe.

Sedge Warbler - Napton Reservoir
Later on in the morning a visit to Brandon Marsh, mostly searching around the peripheral of the reserve. Nothing new of note but the little time I spent in the hides produced: (2) Common Terns, (2) Common Sandpiper, (3) Little-ringed Plover, White Wagtail, (4) Oystercatcher and (3) Redshank.

Blackcap - Napton Reservoir
Today at Brandon Marsh my first Hobby of the year flew through the 'Tip' area while a few of us were bashing some invasive birch! A couple of Cuckoo calling and a Mistle Thrush singing for most of the morning produced the quintessential British countryside, a sound to behold. All we needed was some summer sunshine, not a freezing cold northerly!!

Brandon Marsh 2015 Report Available NOW!
I can finally reveal that the Brandon Marsh Report 2015 is out from the printers and something that Jim Rushforth and I can be proud of as editors. Available from the Brandon Volunteers or at the Nature Centre, priced at £6 this year, which is in fact cost price!