Marston memories 2015 photo album.

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JANUARY.Winter reed warbler. This one was first seen on new years eve and many birders paid it due homage over the next couple of weeks. Photo courtesy Alex Lees.

 

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JANUARY. Stonechat in the reedbed. Photo: Nezzy.

 

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JANUARY. Chiffchaff. One of up to six overwintering birds.

 

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JANUARY. Little grebe. Photo: Roger Bennet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JANUARY. Grey wagtail. Photo: Lincsbirders.

 

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FEBRUARY. Kestrel.

 

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MARCH. Jack snipe enjoying the sun. Photo: Trev Lee.

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MARCH. Chiffchaff. This very pale looking individual looked a good candidate for siberian chiffchaff.

 

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APRIL. Blue-headed wagtail. One of up to four that were around, over a three week period.

 

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APRIL. White wagtail. Several of these, associating with the yellow wagtail flock.

 

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APRIL. Channel wagtail. Another unusual one, with the yellow wagtail flock.

 

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APRIL. Wagtail sp. This one was a real tester. Probably a yellow wagtail with retained juv plumage.

 

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APRIL. Jackdaw. An unusual example !

 

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APRIL. Pheasant. Amazing plumage on this one.

 

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APRIL. Yellow wagtail.

 

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APRIL. Barn owl along Sand Lane.

 

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MARCH.  Pink-footed geese. Up to three were with the greylags throughout the winter.

 

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MARCH. This Egyptian goose joined the flock for a couple of weeks.

 

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APRIL. Water rail. These were now showing really well. Photo: Nezzy.

 

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APRIL. Multiple water rails could be seen in one view.

 

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APRIL. Reed bunting. Photo: Nezzy.

 

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APRIL. Gadwall. Photo: Nezzy.

 

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JUNE. Oystercatcher. The pair did very well to raise two young as they nested in the middle of a turf field.

 

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JULY. Green sandpiper. These can be seen at Marston virtually all year round. Photo: Lincsbirders.

 

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AUGUST. Wood sandpiper. First at Marston for a couple of years or so. Stayed for a couple of days.

 

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AUGUST. Common sandpiper. Turned up on the same day as the wood sand.

 

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AUGUST. Little egret. Up to four birds seen. Now very regular.

 

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SEPTEMBER. Garganey. This juv. turned up on 9th Sept. and was last seen on 22nd Oct.

 

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OCTOBER. Sparrowhawk. Photo: Nezzy.

 

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OCTOBER. Grey partridges. Photo: Nezzy.

 

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OCTOBER. Pintail. Scarce at Marston, this one stayed for a couple of weeks or so.

 

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OCTOBER. The garganey  was still there.

 

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OCTOBER 26th. AZOREAN GULL. Rarest bird of the year by far. Birding with Ben Ward, seen in fields along Green lane, with yellow legged gull. Photo: Ben Ward.

 

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OCTOBER 26th. Azorean gull. Another pic, here with a lesser black back. Photo: Ben Ward.

 

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NOVEMBER. Goldeneye. The first one Iv’e ever seen at Marston.

 

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NOVEMBER. GREENLAND WHITE_FRONTED GEESE x3. These three flew in on the same morning I saw the goldeneye.

 

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NOVEMBER. Stonechat. Photo Nezzy.

 

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NOVEMBER. Lesser redpoll. Photo: Nezzy.

 

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NOVEMBER. Kestrel. Photo: Nezzy.

 

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DECEMBER. The Greenland whitefronts stayed until the 8th. Photo: David Morison.

 

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DECEMBER. Siskin, normally only noted as flyovers at Marston. (45 in a single tree on the 12th).

 

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DECEMBER. Pheasant.

 

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2016 MARSTON RARITY PREDICTOR. One of these would be nice !