Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Diary Update #23

⛅ Tuesday 11th April 2017 ~ Arrived at Brandon Marsh around 8ish and began my tour with a look at the Farm Field and top reedbeds. Quite a pleasant morning with plenty of sunshine but a slight nip to the wind. Nothing new here and coffee in the hide a little later didn't produce any new arrivals on East Marsh Pool: Common Sandpiper, (4) Redshank, (4) Oystercatcher, (5) Little-ringed Plover, Ringed Plover and Snipe! A single Sedge Warbler from the hide and the usual Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap around the reserve.

Smart looking Common Redstart ✅  at the top end of the reedbed in the sheep field!
To be honest I was grateful when a phone call from Richard Mays with a heads up on a Common Redstart at Napton Reservoir came through. I arrived within half an hour, just in time to catch up with Richard and Dave Cox, a Sedge Warbler singing away from the small pool near the car park.

Whats for lunch? ~ An inquisitive Common Redstart 
After an enjoyable banter I headed off to confirm the Redstart sighting πŸ˜€  I was onto the bird almost immediately, a smart looking male. Yesterdays Lesser Whitethroat was also very vocal in the same location and so I camped out and enjoyed my lunch while watching both birds, although the LW was extremely illusive. While here a Cetti's Warbler and♀Blackcap. The walk back to the car park produced White Wagtail and Common Sandpiper, when one flew across the reedbed before dropping out of sight!