🍂 ⛅19C Saturday 14th October 2017
~ A gorgeous mild start with a pre-dawn temperature of 15C as I checked out the marina grounds for anything of interest. The Pied Wagtail
roost was dispersing with around twenty or so birds heading out, plus a couple of Skylarks
overhead, the usual hoards of Gulls heading out from Draycote Water and (2) Meadow Pipits
around the car park.
Arriving at Brandon Marsh just before 8am I decided to head straight down to East Marsh Hide for a look at the pools. A small movement of birds overhead, picking up (4) Siskin
, (3) Skylark
and (2) Meadow Pipit
, before I came across (4) Redpoll
feeding in the alder by Primrose Bank. Fred Stokes was in the hide when I arrived, informing me that a Peregrine
had flushed everything, including a Ruff
just prior to my arrival! Bummer, I've dipped on Ruff thus far this year at Brandon!
|Marsh Harrier from the East Marsh Hide!|
Anyway, things improved for me a short while later when in from the east came a cream-headed Marsh Harrier
. The bird dropped down onto Newlands Reedbed and spent a short time down before flying off west over East Marsh Pool, providing a hastily taken photo opportunity!
|Marsh Harrier |
Other notables of the visit: Green Sandpiper
, (2) Snipe
and a good number of Wigeon
, although I didn't make the count!