27th of October 2012.

WWT – Brandon Marsh.

Species seen 37.

On a fabulous Autumnal day a visit to Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Brandon Marsh is a must! Arriving at midday there wasn’t a cloud in the sky; however there was a definite chill in the air due to the breeze and once the sun had gone down it very quickly became extremely cold.

Two pairs of Goldeneye were the first birds of note seen on East Marsh Pool; all looked fabulous with the sunshine reflecting off their plumages. The pool already had a great many Widgeon with more Black Headed Gulls continuing to arrive on and around the scrape area. Other gulls were, Yellow Legged, Herring, Common and Lesser Black Backed.

A group of Swans that were all napping to the left of East Marsh hide soon revealed that they were not Mute Swans, but, Whooper Swans! Ten Whooper Swans is a first for me at Brandon Marsh as I’ve only seen a pair before.

Other birds of note were, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Fieldfares and Redwings. Before leaving I took in the Newlands path towards the golf course where over the reed beds a good number of Starlings were starting their Ariel display before going to roost.

4 comments:

Ragged Robin said...

Well done on seeing the Whooper swans :) I must try and visit within the next few weeks.

Central Birder said...

Thanks Caroline, poor images, however at least record shots :-) Hope you get to Brandon soon?

Anonymous said...

Hi Steve, Are your starlings going for a roast then? ha ha, see you again soon, Helen

Central Birder said...

Hi Helen

Thanks for the roast(ing) regarding spelling ;-) see you soon.