Trip reports

Shared car trip to Brandon Marsh, Warwickshire

Shared car trip to Brandon Marsh, Warwickshire
Steven Cheshire WWT 2012

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Eight of us left Hemel Hempstead for a trip up the M1 motorway full of expectations for a good days birding. The weather was good with hardly a cloud in the sky. After breakfast we arrived at Brandon Marsh near Coventry just after 09.30.
We set off to the wooded & scrub area first. The trees were in full leaf, the grass & reeds were overgrown & the birds very quiet making it very difficult to locate them.
We continued to the first hide overlooking the East Marsh Pool, here we found lots of Lapwing, Black-headed, Lesser-black Backed & Common Gulls. There were also Grey Heron & Cormorants. On the duck front there were Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard & Teal. Geese present were Canada & Greylag.
Leaving this hide the rain started so we made our way to the cafe for lunch. The most productive viewing of the day was on the feeder station outside the cafe. Where we saw Blue, Great, Long-tailed & Coal Tits,a Nuthatch & a Great Spotted woodpecker. Finches were represented by Chaffinch & Greenfinch, there was also a pair of Dunnock.
After lunch we continued around the reserve, missing the showers by sitting in the hides. The highlights of the afternoon were a Green Sandpiper & a pair of Sparrowhawk circling and passing food.
This is the first time that I visited the reserve at this time of year & found it disappointing. This is a reserve that is most productive in the spring.

All told we had seen over 42 different species

John and Lesley Battye, Jane Pate, Gavin Hughes, John Frone, Mike bassett, Dave Jones, Michael Howard, Ron and Marion King

Dave Jones