26th of February 2012

Warwickshire & WWT - Brandon Marsh.

Species seen 66.

Weather conditions for February continue to be completely off the scale with the warm temperatures, 12 degrees instead of perhaps minus degrees, is not what you’d expect!

On route to Brandon Marsh, I drove along the back roads through Little Lawford, Kings Knewham and Wolston village noticing that many of the local farms now have an abundance of Lambs running around the pastures.

Birds seen in the fields and hedges were Skylark, Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow, Hedge Sparrow, Chaffinch, Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Widgeon, Nuthatch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Jackdaw, Rook and Carrion Crow. Raptors seen were Peregrine, Buzzard and Kestrel.

My visit to Brandon Marsh was interesting in two ways, firstly the birds seen and secondly the couple that I’ve never seen in the reserve before who were first seen climbing the high ground in Horsetail Glade completely ignoring the photographer who suggested they stay on the paths! The same couple were later seen on the high bank between Wright and East Marsh Hides. The final sighting of these two irresponsible individuals was from Carlton hide as they made their way through Newlands. It was clear that the “No entry – conservation area” signs were totally ignored as both made their way all over the reed beds!

The notable birds seen were Oystercatcher, Kingfisher, Pintail, Goldeneye, Shelduck, Snipe, Pochard, Little Grebe and Widgeon.

The highlight was a good sighting of one of the Bittern, flying over the reeds which lasted at least 8 seconds.

Upon leaving at 5.45pm I looked in at East Marsh hide, all the Black Headed, Lesser Black Backed and Common Gulls had left to make their way to roost, presumably towards Draycote Water. Amongst the Lapwings was a solidarity Glaucous Gull, thanks to Google for Blackberry for helping with the identification.

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