15th of July 2012

WWT – Brandon Marsh.

Species seen 40.

A late afternoon visit arriving at a very flooded reserve with only the East side footpaths above flood levels. It was a very quiet walk with only 40 species of bird seen, with the highlight being a Kingfisher over East Marsh Pool.  Horsetail glade produced a number of insects; however, as far as birds were concerned, a solitary Great Tit was my lot! Steetley hide revealed a couple of Little Grebe chicks and a Grass Snake, winding its way through the water.

I stopped to chat with one of the regular photographers, who was buzzing and couldn’t wait to show me his earlier shots of an Otter taken at a location not reported as a regular sightings spot, therefore, on my next early morning visit to Brandon I will take in this area first!

Continuing my walk I took in the Newlands reed beds area, again stopping to view many insects along the way. As usual there were plenty of Grey Squirrels navigating the tree branches in New Hare Covert. Sheep field area had plenty of Rabbits, some of which seem to be used the passing walkers? Butterflies seen here were Red Admiral and Comma.

One thing that is good to see at the moment is the wide variety of wild plants, beautiful vibrant colours that still look vivacious in the miserable so called “summer” of 2012!

4th of July 2012

WWT – Brandon Marsh

Species seen 43.

Arriving this morning at 6.30am on a reasonably cool morning with rain filled clouds in all directions I made my way to Wright hide for a coffee and to look out over East Marsh Pool. While passing Swallow Pool before entering the hide, my eye was immediately drawn to the blue streak of a Kingfisher, flashing along the pool towards Newlands. This is surely the best sighting to start any visit to Brandon Marsh?

The rain clouds soon created a huge downpour over the whole reserve with both rain and hail stones bouncing off the hide’s tin roof! All the usual birds were seen on and around the pool and nothing out of the ordinary was therefore listed. After scanning the pool I walked towards the Newlands reed beds and this mixed community appeared and waddled past me.

Once the rain eased off, I headed for Teal hide to see if, by any remote chance the Whiskered Tern reported and photographed by Keith Yates yesterday, would show again, sadly it was nowhere to be seen! I did however list two Green Sandpipers.

With an hour left before having to leave for work, I circumnavigated the soggy path to Carlton hide, sightings of note here were, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Buzzard, Kestrel, Mistle Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Cetti’s, Sedge and Reed Warbler.