Wednesday, 13 October 2010
I spent a couple of hours at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, Warwickshire yesterday afternoon. I managed to see 33 species during that time. There were high numbers of lapwings and black-headed gulls on the pools and islands together with coots, moorhen, mallard, shoveler, teal, mute swan, cormorants, tufted duck, pochard, gadwall, great crested grebe, snipe, grey heron and wigeon. There were plenty of feral pigeons, great and coal tits and chaffinches on the feeders at the visitor centre. As I walked through woodland grassland I also saw green woodpeckers, mapgies, robins, blackbirds, collared dove, carrion crows, a jay and blue and long-tailed tits. As I left the Carlton Hide I saw a pheasant (I don't often see these at Brandon Marsh) flying over a nearby field.
As I walked through trees between Goose and Central Marsh pools I was really pleased to see a treecreeper workings its way up the trunk of a hawthorn bush. The real highlight of the afternoon though was a small flocks of redwings which flew over the path behind Grebe pool. My first sighting this autumn and it was great to hear their calls again. I was also really pleased to see a female blackcap feeding on elder berries at the side of the path near the visitor centre.
Path from Visitor Centre onto the reserve
There were plenty of flowers still around
It was strange to see a pot marigold (calendula) near Carlton Hide
Leaves on some of the trees have already changed colour and there were plenty of seedheads and berries around together with some fungi.
A perfect way to spend an afternoon