Tuesday, August 11, 2020

πŸ“– Brandon Marsh ~ Volunteering

☁️21C to start then 🌞33C ~ Wind ↑S@2mph Tuesday 11th August 2020 ~ Another morning of path clearing at Brandon Marsh with a small team of six finishing off Central Marsh and River Pool hide tracks. There have been two active wasp nests in the River Pool hide recently so we approached with caution however both nests have been abandoned. These were removed and handed on to the education team who may find them useful.

First Garganey of the year on East Marsh Pool
Prior to work an opportunity for some birding in the John Walton hide and this produced the first Garganey of the year, along with the first returning Snipe. Two Green Sandpipers and a single Common Sandpiper were other notables, no sign of the recent Little Stint!

Tweeted originally as a Chiffchaff ~ But now I'm leaning towards Willow Warbler?
A walk to the Carlton and Ted Jury Hides and at Carlton lots of activity with birds enjoying the ripening elder and blackberries. Included in the selection: Lesser Whitethroat, (2) Whitethroat, (3) Reed Warbler, (4) Chiffchaff and at least (8) Blackcap.

Cetti's Warbler ~ sporting a nice piece of bling on the right leg.
A pretty quiet Ted Jury hide were the only highlight was a fleeting glimpse of a Cetti's Warbler. Nice to see the ringing group have managed to add this particular individual to the list.

A brief visit from a Great Egret!
Back at the John Walton hide I was fortunate to see the above Great Egret, which dropped in just as the works team were heading off. It didn't stay long but I did manage a few images before the departure.