While my good lady watched the Spanish GP I snuck off down to MSTW. It was very windy so not a great deal about, glimpses of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat were caught at the works end of the site with the usual mixed Corvids around this area.
Walking up Viking Way Cuckoo was heard regularily, I got close to but did not go to the hide and begun to walk back down VW with not a photo taken so was a little glum as I wanted to practice out some ‘new to me’ settings on my camera but never mind eh!
Bumped into a fellow birder from Newark who had also not seen much, he did say he saw a female Wheatear in the large puddle in first field next to the car park, so maybe just maybe I could be lucky too?
Things got better on way back down to my car, I first heard 3 Reed Warblers with fleeting sightings but finally managed to get a bird in my lens and resulting image of a rung bird is shown below …
I was a Kestel hunting over bridal path cutting the site and also a Sparrowhawk with prey battling against the wind to gain height and find safe haven for a ‘snack’.
A few Greylags flew over and the odd Mallard was changing locations in reedbed closest to the works, hen seen below …
Along the hedgerow on VW were the usual Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinches and Goldfinches but also a few vocal but elusive Whitethroats. I then came across a vocal Wren that was seen from some distance but it went into action when another bird came into its area, it left its perch and in a dipping flight flew within around 15 feet of me and then proceeded to go into what I can only assume and describe as a teritorial display of loud song and at the same time lifting both wings so that they were fully open and next to eachother, two photo’s of this bird below, the bird in the wrong place was seen for only a few seconds before it went away.
It was the first time I have witnessed anything like this. I then made my way closer to my car and began to not only hear but see the Sedge Warblers at the bottom section of the ‘works end’ reedbed. I tried to catch one bird in flight as he flew from area to area but to no avail, but I did get a couple of shots (one below) in the changable condiditons, sunny and bright then suddenly cloudy and dull.
There was a few and only a few House Martins and Swifts around here with only 1 Swallow that I could confirm. Managed to get a shot or two of the hard to capture ariel masters that are Swifts but sadly none of the House Martin or Swallow, Swift pic below …
So after what I thought was going to be one of those quiet days at Marston it turned out not too bad, so I guess I will be going back there again now! 🙂