September 2012.

WWT – Brandon Marsh.

Over the last couple of weeks my visits to Brandon Marsh have turned up a few good sightings, a complete list is shown below. Sadly with the amount of daylight now reducing day by day and as we move closer to autumn we will have less time to go birding! However, I am looking forward to regular and hopefully some not so regular winter visitors.

The evening skies are also providing superb orange and red backdrops to the ends of each day. This Grey Heron was spotted at the back of Teal pool.

Recent notables are a Barn Owl fledgling at Newlands, Egyptian Goose, Pink Footed Goose, Kingfishers and the odd few hybrid geese.

As each day draws to a close huge numbers of Greylags and Canada Geese have been seen leaving the reserve and what a noise they make too! The sight of these geese is quite something as there are hundreds.

Recent news of a White Tailed Eagle over Brandon had me thinking of our recent trip to Scotland and seeing these magnificent birds in the wild. The local press has reported that “Stanley” a White Tailed Eagle is at large (Large, very large bird) apparently, he’s escaped from Warwick Castle. Let’s hope he visits some of our local lakes or pits while enjoying his freedom, before eventually being returned to his owner?

Birds seen recently on the reserve are, Blackcap, Blackbird, Nuthatch, Blue, Great, Coal and Long Tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant, Chaffinch, Starling, Wood Pigeon, Feral Pigeon, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Shoveler, Mute Swan, Lapwing, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Cormorant, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Grey Heron, Pink Footed Goose, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Barnacle Goose, Kingfisher, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Kestrel, Buzzard, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Barn Owl, Snipe, Gadwall, Widgeon, Egyptian Goose, Teal, Jay, Magpie, New Zealand Scaup (Escapee) Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Cetti’s Warbler, Robin, Great Crested Grebe, Bullfinch, Oystercatcher, Song Thrush, Reed Bunting, Dunnock, Wren, Little Grebe, Mallard, Greenfinch, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Goldfinch.

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