Monday, 2 May 2011
Nessie spotted in the East Marsh Pool, WWT Brandon Marsh....01/05/2011
Well it resembled Nessie at first glance! After checking in my Collins Field Guide and several handy Wildlife books that were tucked in my back pocket the only species that resembled the shape/colour was a Cormorant, so Nessie hadn't arrived in Warwickshire, what a disappointment.lol!!
A warm, sunny and very windy day was spent at Brandon Marsh! A Brimstone butterfly was the first good sighting in the carpark whilst a Cuckoo calling was a joy to hear, it's call sounding out several times during the day! Swifts, Sand Martins and Swallows were soon spotted, great to see the Swifts especially! There were easily 15-20+ Swifts flying over the reserve. The Swallows in the afternoon were flying just above headheight along the perimeter walk in their pursuit of insects. I have huge admiration for all of these birds along with all Summer/Winter migrants that make such epic journeys!
Highlight birds of the day were Ruff, Lapwing and chicks, Redshank, L R Plover and a Ringed Plover (my first of the year), Oystercatcher, Gadwall, Common Terns, Greylag and Canada Geese plus and odd looking Goose on the Golf Course, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Mute Swan and at the end of the day a Cuckoo and Kingfisher rounded the bird sightings off nicely.
Birds heard only were Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Green Woodpecker.
The butterflies seen along the perimeter footpath were Comma, Peacock, Whites (not sure which species as they didn't settle), Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Brimstone and a delightful Cinnabar Moth. I was very pleased to see Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies perching and flying around the vegetation by a small stream. How lovely to see all creatures great and small back with us for the summer!
I love Brandon Marsh, I just wish it were closer to my home. The journey is approximately 45 minutes and I feel a day is essential to make the most of this splendid reserve.
Wash and brush up time!
A territorial Coot chasing away a Mallard!
Traveling swiftly across the water
Having no trouble looking attractive
Exploring the shiny silver lake
Sharing its beauty with all trespassers
Wild bird with everlasting grace
Amazingly calm as thousands stare
No animal beats the bewildering swan
Large Red Damselfly.