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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Brandon Marsh

☀️⛅️4C ~ Wind ⇐ WSW@4mph  Wednesday 11th December 2019 ~ Although I've managed a few visits to Brandon Marsh over the past few weeks this is the first opportunity I've had to actually post a short update.

I've spent the latter part of November and the best part of this month completing on-board repairs and small refurbishments in preparation for the sale next year. On reflection, this may possibly be my last winter at Brandon Marsh and indeed my last winter living aboard our floating home, as our big move back to terra firma and up to Scotland gets ever closer!

Anyway more on that in 2020 and back to today's visit to Brandon Marsh. Which in fact, surprisingly was in glorious winter sunshine, couple that with unflooded paths and you have a major rarity on your hands!

Great White Egret on East Marsh Pool today enjoying what seems to be a nice Perch
The highlights of today's visit included a Great White Egret, (2) ♀Goldeneye and Shelduck at the John Walton Hide, (2) Green Sandpipers at Carlton Hide and a confiding Kingfisher at the Ted Jury Hide.

Kingfisher at Ted Jury Hide ~ Nice to see this bird along a channel that I helped clear a few weeks ago!
Away from the pools the berry stocks are now almost depleted and the wintering Thrush population has once again taken to searching the leaf litter. It's actually worth spending time to check for movement below the canopy as today I managed a few Lesser Redpolls, Song Thrush, many Chaffinch and the odd Redwing.

A few images of today and my previous visits...

Shelduck on East Marsh Pool today

One of two Green Sandpipers at Carlton Hide during today's visit

A couple of Egyptian Geese on East Marsh Pool during a visit on December 2nd

Muntjac Deer along the track between John Walton and Carlton Hides

Grey Wagtail in front of John Walton Hide on November 24th