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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Diary Update #21

⛅  Thursday 6th April 2017 ~ Once I'd arrived at Brandon Marsh this morning I decided to give the work party a miss, basically to give my back a little respite! I took my usual route and managed to hear my first Sedge Warbler of the year singing along the access track near the 'Olive bench'.

Despite many throughout the reserve a rare sighting of a Common Frog!
I spent a while in East Marsh Hide for coffee and then on to Ted jury Hide but nothing new had arrived in overnight! A Muntjac on Wigeon Bank was a nice distraction! With work set on the East Marsh Pool I took the opportunity to spend some time touring the rest of the reserve, finding a small Frog nestled in the Primroses as I passed the Fisherman's Pool. My first walk around the Farm Pool and Top Reedbed early on produced little but after a snack in the centre the day had warmed sufficiently to produce a number of Butterflies!

Orange Tip butterfly on River Meadow!
At the Horsetail Glade bench a couple of Orange Tip, my first for the year, plus Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock. Down on River Meadow, a nice sun-trap along the blossom held four more Orange Tip and a further two Small Tortoiseshell.

White Wagtail ~ Napton Reservoir
A stop at Napton Reservoir on route home produced of note single Snipe and Cetti's Warbler, which showed well but briefly, Raven over and a White Wagtail, my first local one this year!