Trip reports

Field Trip - Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Sunday, 15 November 2015

There was a bit of a disappointing turn out for this trip, especially as previously we have had plenty of interest in trips to this site. However, it didn't stop those who attended having a decent day's birding.

On arrival, most of us called in at the excellent Visitor Centre to sample bacon "butties", toasted teacakes and the like along with hot drinks to set us up for the day. There was plenty of action on the feeders outside where Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Brambling, Greenfinch, Goldfinch were to be seen.

Following this, there are many lakes to explore on this well-planned site, along with plenty of hides to shelter in. Feeding finches included Siskin and Mealy Redpoll - alongside mixed flocks of Long-tailed, Coal, Blue and Great Tits. There were also small flocks of thrushes including Fieldfare, Redwing and Mistle Thrush which were over-wintering here.

A Kingfisher was spotted from the River Pool Hide, perched high in a tree - an unusual spot we all thought. On the way to this hide someone spotted some Otter spraint and later we found out that an Otter had been seen at the Kingfisher Hide - unfortunately not by anyone from our group.

Most of the lakes had good numbers of ducks including Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler and Tufted Duck. A Water Rail made a guest appearance but Coot and Moorhen were often seen. The only geese seen were Canada and Greylag Geese. However, many gulls were recorded including Black-headed, Common, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls.

Other birds seen during the visit were Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Grey and Pied Wagtails, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow and Starlings. Birds of prey seen were Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Buzzard.

Brandon is always an enjoyable reserve to visit at anytime of the year and this day was no exception.

27 attended
62 bird species seen