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.

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