Monday, April 10, 2017

Diary Update #22

⛅ Friday 7th April 2017 ~ Nuthatch activity in the woodland areas.

Nuthatch in Horsetail Glade, Brandon Marsh
Saturday 8th April 2017 ~ Black-tailed Godwit

Record Shot ~ Black-tailed Godwit on East Marsh Pool
Sunday 9th April 2017 ~ Common Sandpiper  was a new arrival!

Yellow Wagtail ~ difficult to pick among the greenery! 
⛅  Monday 10th April 2017 ~ Since my last post on Thursday 6th I've spent a few hours each day at Brandon March in search of new arrivals. Despite the wind backing to a southerly over the weekend, along with high pressure the anticipated influx never quite came to fruition. Clear skies probably meant that any birds passing through would simply continue on to their breeding grounds. That said a smart looking Black-tailed Godwit dropped onto East Marsh Pool on Saturday morning and Sunday morning produced my first Common Sandpiper of the year, which was still on site today!

One of eleven Swallows at rest at Napton Reservoir today!
Today things did improve with three year-ticks in total: Firstly a single House Martin ✅  overhead as I paused at the Sheepfield Gate to listen for warblers, the second a Yellow Wagtail on East Marsh Pool. At Napton Reservoir a Lesser Whitethroat   ,which was singing quite well at the top end of the reedbed was my third, two days earlier than 2016, when I also had my first Lesser Whitethroat of the year at Napton. Also at the Reservoir: 11 Swallows and although I'm still analysing a distant photograph taken on my Canon SX50 on full zoom, a possible Tree Pipit?