Thursday, April 21, 2016

Purple Patch

A real contrast to my birding day! Firstly, with a rather quiet visit to Napton Reservoir, best here a Lesser Whitethroat and at least three Sedge Warbler in the reed bed, then all hell breaks loose over lunch at Brandon Marsh!

Record shot of Wood Warbler at Brandon Marsh - Courtesy of Dave Mount
After my usual circular route of the top reed beds at Brandon, Common Whitethroat best on offer here, I thought I'd have my picnic lunch in the relative quiet of Horsetail Glade. Here I met up with Martin Durkin for a while and it was as Martin was leaving we both thought we heard Wood Warbler. It wasn't long before we located a stunning bird flitting around near the bench, the gorgeous bright yellow upper and white underparts the giveaway. We needn't have worried to much about ID as the bird soon began singing.

My record shot of Firecrest at Brandon Marsh today!
A few phone calls later we were joined by Alan Boddington, who amazingly (or jamily) dropped right onto a Firecrest while trying to relocate the Wood Warbler, which had gone AWOL for a short while. Cracking purple patch and indeed find by Alan, both birds thankfully enjoyed by most, although the Firecrest didn't hang around for too long!

**As I type this blog entry three Oystercatcher just flew through the marina, coincidentally just tweeted by Draycote birding, who is obviously visiting the nearby Napton Reservoir at this time!

Wood Warbler - Courtesy of Martin Durkin

Firecrest - Courtesy of Martin Durkin