Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Warks W T Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve....08/04/2012
An enjoyable day was spent at Brandon Marsh and the weather was good too with sunny spells and just a couple of short drizzle showers. Highlights were: On the journey Buzzard and kestrel. Brandon Marsh: Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Blackcap, Robin, several Chiffchaff were seen and heard around the reserve along with Willow Warbler but the latter were heard only, Pied Wagtail, Barn Swallow, Sand Martin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Teal, Tufted Duck, Common Snipe, Shoveler, Gadwall, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose and a lone Barnacle Goose, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. Cetti's Warbler were heard frequently around the reserve and I had my best ever sighting of one as it perched on a branch singing it's little heart out! Green Woodpecker was heard only. Marsh Marigold, Common Dog-violet, Lesser Celandine and Cowslip were delightful splashes of colour along with the blossoms on the trees and shrubs. Smooth Newt and Great Crested Newt were seen in the Dipping Pond with the latter being an especially pleasing sight to see. .