❄️ ☀️ 1CSunday 7th January 2018 ~ A couple of visits to Brandon Marsh thus far this year, Thursday 4th meeting up with the conservation team in the nature centre for a catch up and tea, before heading off out onto the reserve. With the paths flooded and the hides empty I decided to head across to the phase three area to check out the ongoing works, managing to inadvertently flush a Jack Snipe feeding near one of the pools!
Shelduck ~ Teal Pool
Today (Sunday) a crisp, frosty morning visit, the flooding receding sufficiently for a walk down to East Marsh Hide, via Horsetail Glade. On route, a Grey Wagtail overhead, plus a small flock of Siskin feeding in the alder, Treecreeper, (4) Lesser Redpoll and a single Great Spotted Woodpecker before reaching the hides. Most of the activity was on the flooded River/Teal Pool and here, along with (22) Teal, a Shelduck and drake Pochard.
Just prior to reaching the Carlton Hide I was alerted, via the calls, to a Willow Tit feeding frantically near the bench. Even better, when I was chatting with John Walton at the screen area overlooking Newlands a Merlin shot through low over the reedbed. From Ted Jury Hide I could only manage a male Stonechat, more often a pair reported here currently and also during my visit a Woodcock, this while checking out the conservation areas and sluices with Adrian Johnson from the conservation team! Also of note, circa (80) Wigeon dropping on to East Marsh Pool mid-morning and a Great White Egret, unfortunately, the latter shortly after I'd left!!