Monday, 18 February 2013
Brandon Marsh NR
It was a lovely, mild, sunny day here today with a definite feeling of Spring in the air so this afternoon I spent a couple of hours walking round Brandon Marsh NR.
After walking through Hope Wood I wandered through Horsetail Glade. A few years ago at this time of year I saw a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker here and I live in hope of finding another one but not today!
With branches bear of leaves its always easy to spot last year's birds' nests.
A real highlight of my trip was this tame robin singing its heart out as I walked along the path between Goose and Central Marsh Pools. Sorry slight overload of robin photos!
For some reasonI just love this photo even though its out of focus.
Distant shot of Mute Swan and Shoveler.
I came across a flock of Lesser Redpolls - only a record shot but believe it or not better than any I have taken before of this species.
Coot on Goose Pool - there was a pair of mallard on this pool who, following a bout of head bobbing, mated.
Great Crested Grebe on East Marsh Pool - I spotted a pair together but no sign of any courtship behaviour.
Black-headed Gulls on East Marsh Pool
Path alongside Grebe Pool
As this was my first "proper" birding trip of the year I managed to add 11 species to the 2013 year list - Reed Bunting, Shoveler, Mute Swan, Redpoll, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Teal, Wigeon, Shelduck and Lapwing.
On a separate note I seem to be stuck with Blogger's new system of uploading photos. To be fair it is a lot quicker although I haven't a clue how you now change size or position of photos if you want to. Separating the photos manually is a pain compared to the previous system when Blogger did this for you!