Saturday, 13 March 2010

A Buzzard or two or three and more at Brandon Marsh....7/03/2010

A gloriously sunny start to Sunday was perfect for a visit to Brandon Marsh and the sun shone for the remainder of the day which makes a change, especially at weekends. Plenty of people had the same idea of visiting Brandon as the car park was chocca on arrival!!! Brandon is popular with families as there are pleasant and on the whole flat walks for families with young children and in the main are away from the hides, which is a bonus if you are there for the! Some of the paths were quite muddy and slippy so wellies were a good choice of footwear today. We were to be treated to a spectacle of Buzzards soaring in the afternoon thermals, what a sight they were too! First one Buzzard in view then another lifted from the dense trees beyond the adjoining Golf course, then another and another joined them until there were ten Buzzards all told soaring at one point! In the main seven were flying fairly close and the rest were scattered! Several birdwatchers stood and enjoyed the spectacle of these magnificient and majestic birds soaring! What a treat!! Sadly no photo of them as the sun was quite bright and I found it hard to focus on them, so I gave up and just enjoyed the show.
Other highlights today were Water Rail (2), Shoveler, Lapwing, Common Snipe, Shelduck, Great Crested Grebe, Teal, Coot, Moorhen, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mallard, Kestrel, Reed Bunting, Robin (and the usual birds around the feeders), Great Spotted Woodpecker and a first of the year Ringed Plover x 3! They were very flighty and I had originally ID'd them as L R Plover but on checking the sightings later that evening could see they were reported as R Plover...oh well, that will teach me to look more closely in future!


  1. It was a glorious day wasn't it Pam,I'd have loved to have witnessed the Buzzard spectacle,one of those unforgetable birding moments eh!
    You've taken some smashing photo's,I especially like the Shoveler and Water Rails!

  2. It was one of those unforgettable moments, Ruth! I have seen 4-5 together soaring over my garden in high summer which is great but to see that many at this time of year was lovely!

    Many thanks for your kind comments on my photo's!