Tuesday, April 17, 2018

πŸ“– #27 ~ Redstart

☁️πŸ’¨13C Tuesday 17th April 2018 ~Arriving at Brandon Marsh this morning I decided to begin with an anti-clockwise walk around the top reedbed, farm field and the 'Tip' area. A Sedge Warbler was singing happily on the farm reedbed as I passed through the centre and the usual selection of Reed Buntings were busy flitting back and forth.

Gorgeous Male Common Redstart ~ Farm Field
A few Swallows overhead in the stiff breeze and a Green Woodpecker noisily passed through. There appeared to be more Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff around this particular area today and by the time I began to check the Hawthorn along the reedbed perimeter on farm field I was into double figures, probably a 50/50 split. It was then a bird suddenly took the eye, unmistakable really as it flew up from the Hawthorn, red tail catching the light! It remained elusive for what seemed an age before finally showing, a gorgeous male Common Redstart!

While on the phone to various parties with the news the sound of a reeling Grasshopper Warbler carried in the wind and almost immediately after a Lesser Whitethroat could be heard singing over near the farm track. A good start to the day and thankfully those who arrived for the Redstart managed to view the bird before it eventually flew high to the East and out of sight!

Other highlights of a very productive visit: Usual selection of Hirundines and Warblers +Great Egret, (3) Little-ringed Plover, (2) Redshank, (4) Oystercatcher, (2) Snipe, and (2) Great Crested Grebe.

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