|Spotted Flycatcher ~ Napton Hill|
|One of four Mistle Thrush ~ Napton Hill|
Despite not working with the Brandon Volunteers these days I still continue to spend many hours birding and today had a good tour of the reserve. I began with a circular walk around the top reedbed, farm and 'Tip area. Like Napton the berry bushes are busy with Blackcaps, Whitethroats and Chiffchaffs taking advantage. At one point it was almost like spring with both a Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler in full song. A single Garden Warbler was also noted and although I'm not claiming it a brief encounter with one particular bird had me thinking Wood Warbler?
|Spotted Flycatcher ~ Willow Wood|
Down on the pools late morning and East Marsh produced (3) Greenshank, (2) Green Sandpiper and a juvenile Water Rail across on Wigeon Bank, (4) Shoveler were also noted. A trip to Ted Jury Hide had my first Cetti's Warbler for a while and Teal Pool, now with a little water and looking bang on for a Spotted Crake produced (2) Snipe.
|Eclipse Garganey ~ Perhaps the same bird that visited recently?|