Saturday, October 14, 2017

📖 Diary #62 ~ Brandon Marsh

🍂 ⛅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.

Meadow Pipit
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!