Out with Dave this afternoon to Brandon Marsh for coffee where we had a Swallow go over the visitor centre while waiting for Colin then a gentle stroll around the reserve in between the showers.
Lady luck was on our side with stunning views of a Bittern on the left hand edge of the reeds sunning its self in front of the hide for what seemed ages before skulking back in to cover. Appeared 15 minutes later for a few minutes before taking off and flying in to the right hand reed bed. Magic
Also present were 50 Snipe, Ringed plover, 40+ Shoveler, 10 Sand Martin, 6 Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk from the hide and around the reserve came across calling Willow Tit, singing Nuthatch, 30 Redpoll, Great-potted Woodpecker, calling Cetties Warbler, 8 Long-tailed Tit and 4 Chiffchaff.
At least 35 Mute Swan together between Bretford and Church Lawford
Tomorrow birding takes a back seat for awhile and this may not be your cuppa of tea if your not in to trains or you are on a different planet to me but for those of you living locally or on the route then tomorrow Saturday 27th March there is a chance to show your kids or grand kids the first steam hauled train from London Euston to Manchester for many years. This steam journey has been made possible by using LNER A4 Class 4-6-2 no 60019 Bittern; with its two tenders making water stops unnecessary.
Yeah - I’m a turkey but at least I’m a happy turkey – bless.
Wheatear by Steve Valentine one of the males at the pond yesterday