Worcs W T Upton Warren N R....27/05/2012
It had been a long while since I had visited the Reserve, it was looking good! The visit today was to see the reported Ruff at the Flashes in it's 'Summer Colours' and what a splendid bird it was, also the Little Gull which was a joy to view! A very enjoyable visit today!
Avocet and chicks
Little Ringed Plover
Warks W T Brandon Marsh N R... 04/06/2012
Today the sun was shining after the previous days deluge of rain when at least the Queen was steadfast and smiled on what was a dreadful weather day! I was so glad I had chosen to visit Brandon Marsh today as the day turned out to be one of the better weather days of the week.
A Pied Wagtail pair were a treat to watch as they collected insects for their young, their nest was underneath a solar panel on the visitor centre roof! A good place to keep dry and out of the wind! A Jay was encountered on the way to the hides and posed momentarily for me, unusual for a Jay! Below the windows of the Carlton Hide in the vegetation were several Banded Demoiselles resting in the sunshine, lovely to see so many and so close! Oystercatchers flew across the pool several times as they collected worms for their youngsters and a Hobby flew to a distant dead tree and perched there for several minutes, my first Hobby of the year! Other highlights were Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Wren, Dunnock and Great spotted Woodpecker. Buzzard, Sand Martin, Redshank (1), Lapwing, Greylag Geese and Common Tern. Though it was sunny for the best part of the day it was still cool in shady areas, which is probably the reason the only butterflies seen were the odd White species which did not settle for an ID to be obtained.
The Sensory Garden has had a makeover and looks really good now and when the plants are established and in flower it will smell nice too! A big thumbs up to the WWT on their achievements with the Sensory Garden, it will be a great asset to the reserve!
As is the norm it was another great day at Brandon Marsh!
Reed bunting (female)
View from the Carlton Hide.
Banded Demoiselle (pair?) and a Common Blue Damselfly. I believe that the female Demoiselle in the top left hand corner of the image is a female Banded but not 100% sure. Comments will be welcomed concerning the ID.
Common Spotted Orchid