Wednesday, November 29, 2017

πŸ“– Diary Update #75 ~ Brandon Marsh

4C Wednesday 29th November 2017 ~ As hoped for I finally managed to fit in a short visit to Brandon Marsh today. Thankfully, one of the advantages of working with the conservation team is the option to park on the reserve in the lower car park, so with the current situation, less strain on the back and legs.

Lesser Redpoll ~ Brandon Marsh
I spent an enjoyable 90-minutes or so in the East Marsh Hide, despite a biting north-easterly wind blowing directly through the flaps! As I walked gingerly along the central marsh track heading for the hide a small flock of (22) Golden Plover flew through, unfortunately not dropping down but continuing on towards the direction of the airport. Another small flock, this time mixed Siskin/Redpoll, were busy feeding in the alder and along the ground on the windfall.

A very obliging Snipe in front of East Marsh Hide!
From the hide a count of (11) Snipe, including one bird directly in front of the hide, Goldeneye (pair), single drake Pochard and (45) Wigeon. Also of note were several Fieldfare, Redwing and a Water Rail, the latter heard only but it was a real pleasure to be out in the open once more!