Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Diary Update #15

☔  Wednesday March 22nd 2017 ~ With rain in the forecast for this morning and spring migration starting to hot up a few hours in the hide at Brandon Marsh was as good a place as any! In fact it was an enjoyable few hours and produced a couple of Little-ringed Plover, which unlike yesterdays brief visit by a single bird hung around for most of the morning. An increase in Great Crested Grebes, now three and a single Ringed Plover, which was in fact a Brandon year first for me! The injured Goosander appears to be spending most of its time on Swallow Pool but thankfully seems to be feeding well.

Green Sandpiper on Teal Pool at Brandon today!
I've posted the notable sightings for the day on Jeff's site BrandonBirding which can be found HERE

Wheatear at Wolston
After leaving Brandon I stopped at Wolston to check out the gravel extraction, where earlier today Dave Cox and Paul Cashmore had found two Wheatear and two Little-ringed Plover. After arriving an immediate search recorded a commendable six Little-ringed Plover (obviously an overnight influx) but initially no sign of Wheatear! However, with perseverance I did eventually locate two birds but not on the flooded areas, they were in fact on the mud heaps on the opposite side to the footpath!

Wheatear ~ Another record shot from Wolston
By coincidence my first Wheatear sighting of the year comes on the exact same day as 2016 👀