Monday, January 06, 2020

New Year Begins

☁️7C ~ Wind ⇐ S@9mph Monday 6th January 2020 ~ My first visit of the year to Brandon Marsh today, basically to get the year list off to a start. The last time I was here before Christmas the place was completely flooded out and it was nice to see a return to some normality.

I took a circular walk clockwise passed the windpump and through New Hare Covert. It was a little breezy and overcast but it was nice to pick up a small group of Redwings flying through and a single Lesser Redpoll, which continued on overhead without stopping. A couple of Bullfinch around the sheep field gate and although the covert was particularly quiet I still managed a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Wren and Jay by the time I emerged at the golf course.

Female Goldeneye from the Wright Hide 
From the Wright Hide a single female Goldeneye and a single Pochard, plus Little Egret and a full set of the usual wildfowl, with the exception of Wigeon.

However, the highlight for me was a Peregrine Falcon which although not making any attempt for prey did manage to completely flush the whole of East Marsh Pool. Other notables on my list of just 48 species included Water Rail, Siskin, Raven, Goldcrest and Treecreeper.

Great Grey Shrike using my new digiscope holder
After lunch a trip over to Northants to catch up with a thankfully long-staying Great Grey Shrike. It's a bit of a trek and wellies are definitely required but it's well worth it!

A few more heavily cropped scoped images of GG Shrike which unfortunately remained distant