Had a break from work today and joined Jackie for a walk at Stanpit Marsh followed by our annual Christmas lunch. Our walk didn't produce amazing numbers of species just thirty two but we had good views of everything and nothing was too far away. Our first sighting was a small group of Greenfinch in the car park and a flight of Meadow Pipit that flew over towards the golf course, this was followed by Great Spotted Woodpecker one in flight and one "chipping" from the trees by the path.
On reaching the marsh we came across a mixed feeding flock of Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits one of the latter was coloured ringed so hopefully we will find out soon when and where it has been if its been recorded before. Also out here were Curlew, Little Egret, a few Meadow and Rock Pipits and a group of Dark-bellied Brent which seemed to be disturbed by three Grey Herons and they flew off towards the central marsh with some of the Black-tailed Godwit.
|Black-tailed Godwit flying by - Stanpit Marsh © Nick Hull|
From Crouch Hill we had a look through the wader roost which held Dunlin, Ringed and Grey Plover, Lapwing, Curlew and a single very well marked Ruff. Walking out onto Blackberry Point we had very close views of a Little Egret that performed very well for us putting on a real display on how to fish successfully.
|Little Egret catching a small fish Stanpit Marsh © Nick Hull|
We finished our walk with close views of the Brent Goose flock that were happily feeding on the marsh and what was very nice there seemed to be quite a few immature birds amongst them.
|Dark-bellied Brent - Stanpit Marsh © Nick Hull|
After our walk we headed off for a very enjoyable christmas lunch.