I managed an hour long visit to Marston this afternoon, the walk from the works to the hide was pretty uneventful and pretty chilly ! The return walk was much better starting with a pair of Shelduck coming into land on the scrape as I left the hide, plenty of Teal on the scrape and spread right across the site.

A single Coal Tit in the big hedge adjacent to the scrape made we wonder when the last one I had there was ? I really can’t remember , its certainly not a common bird here.

On approaching the reedbed a Cetti’s burst into song right in front of me ! it only lasted a few seconds but this ear piercing warble still puts a smile on my face ! I couldn’t see the bird at all which always amazes me when there isn’t any foliage for it to hide behind. I eventually disturbed it or another from the Hawthorn hedge , it flew straight into the reeds never to be seen or heard again.

A pair of Oystercatcher then broke the silence announcing their presence as they flew onto the turf field, swapping places with the 20 Curlew which flew to the reedbed pool for a wash and brush up before night.



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  1. Your’e right about coal tits at Marston,Trev,very scarce.I had one on the feeders of the house down Mill lane on 25th Jan,but sometimes don’t see one in a year.Welchy is doing a great job of keeping the new feeders full so perhaps we’ll get more small passerines around when they get used to them.

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