Finally walking back, a Barn Owl flew around the marsh, it perched on a bush briefly & I could see it was a very pale individual, it was seen later flying over fields opposite the entrance track. Finally, looking into field opposite the entrance track, where I was trying to spot another singing Grasshopper Warbler I disturbed 3 formerly hidden Muntjac Deer which ran to the back off the field and then crossed the marsh to the north.
Friday, 23 April 2010
Spring Migrants at last!
Spring migrants are finally trickling in despite the persistent light northerly winds. I visited Fisher Row this evening and the first bird I saw was a female Green Woodpecker (a resident bird) which flew into a tree. Looking down a dyke, I could see a Fox resting at the end. Just over the railway track, I heard the first of 4 reeling Grasshopper Warblers, 4 Blackcaps were heard also and 2 males were seen in the bushes, 7 Cetti's Warblers heard, 4 Willow Warblers heard singing as were 4 Chiff- Chaffs and one Willow Warbler showed just past the bowl. An excellent Cuckoo was heard from the direction of the western reed fringed end of Carlton Marshes.