Autumn is an unpredictable time when it comes to the weather and the start of this years has been no exception. Flooding at Brandon Marsh has caused disruption on a few occasions with water levels the highest I've encountered for a number of years.
The clocks fell back an hour last weekend and over the past week, there was a brief return to easterly winds pushing more winter thrushes inland. On Monday morning (28th) I found myself scraping the frost off the windscreen for the first time.
|Meadow Pipits in double figures at Brandon recently.|
continue to arrive in numbers but more recently an influx of Blackbirds
, Song Thrush
, with Fieldfare
still lagging behind. A small group of Siskin
(11 birds) were also noted in the week and although slow, visible migration continued with small numbers of Skylarks
passing over. Meadow Pipits
have also been a feature with double-figure numbers on occasions around the Jury Hide and a pair of Stonechat
have also been seen daily. Also worth a mention, a late Reed Warbler
was caught and ringed last weekend.
|An Otter approaches the Carlton Hide.|
activity has been noted on each of my five visits, more often than not from the Carlton Hide, where three Little Grebes
have also been seen regularly. On the East Marsh Pool among the large groups of Wigeon
(128 on Friday) and Gadwall (42 noted in the week) a single Pintail
, five Pochard
and a female Goldeneye
At the nature centre feeders, a Brambling
has been noted on most days, an early record by Brandon standards.
|Caspian Gull at Brandon Marsh on Friday|
For the Gull enthusiasts, an adult Caspian Gull
was on-site Friday and had the good grace to complete a flyby past the Walton Hide before heading off but I'm certain we'll be seeing more of this guy!
More Images during last weeks visits...
|When the sun does appear, Migrant Hawkers can still be found on the wing|
|Caspian Gull at rest|