7th of November 2015 - WWT Brandon Marsh visit.

Arriving just after lunch, the weather played a great part in my planned routes around the reserve as high winds and torrential rain ensured that most of the birding was done from the hides! The overall bird count was low only 38 species, however it was not surprising.

First bird of note was a Kingfisher always a joy to see, followed by a Little Egret working its way around East Marsh Pool.

The highlight of the afternoon was my first sighting this Autumn of a Bittern over the Newlands reed beds. Looking back through my journal, this is now the earliest date for seeing a Bittern on the reserve. Lets hope it stays for the winter.

Poor record shot of a Bittern over Newlands from 2013 could this be the one I saw?

As the light began to fade a great many Starlings started a murmuration over Newlands I estimated around 4000. As the birds made superb shapes in the sky I watched a male and female Sparrowhawk attack them. These two were soon seen off by a Carrion Crow and not long after that the Starlings were soon dropping down in to the reeds for the night.

An enjoyable afternoon despite the terrible weather that was made better by seeing the Bittern.

Other birds seen were as follows.

Greylag and Canada goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Shoveler, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black Headed, Lesser Black Backed, Common and Herring Gull, Lapwing, Feral and Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Jackdaw, Coal, Blue and Great Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Wren, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare and Goldfinch.

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