Sunday, August 12, 2018

πŸ“– #50 ~ Soggy Brandon

🌧☔️ 18C Sunday 12th August 2018 ~ A very overcast and occasionally rainy morning at Brandon Marsh and despite the anticipation a much quieter visit.

Wood Sandpiper from East Marsh Hide

I spent the entire time in the East Marsh Hide where a Wood Sandpiper put on an excellent display right in front, alongside a Green Sandpiper. I managed five Little-ringed Plover on Willow Island and an additional adult Common Tern to the regular 2Ad. & 2Juv. dropped in for a short time. So too a single Greenshank which appeared briefly before departing east after receiving a hard time from one of the many Lapwings.

Eclipse Garganey

Eclipse Garganey on East Marsh Pool
Just prior to departing I was certain a small duck asleep on Redshank Island was an eclipse Garganey. I spent a short time in the hide discussing it with Geoff Hood after it finally woke up but didn't confirm it until I analysed my photos back home. It's likely the same bird that was hanging around early last week!

Wood Sandpiper

Good comparison of Green Sandpiper & Wood Sandpiper