Why, oh why didn’t I park in the public car park on Wednesday morning?! It turns out there was a male common redstart lurking around in the bushes at the edge of the car park. If you are not familiar with what one of these beauties look like, please click on the bird’s name and you will be whisked away to the RSPB website.

Surprisingly, this is only the second record of this species on the reserve. The only other was back in September 2000. Sadly, the bird had moved on by mid-morning, but its a great record for here anyway!

Anyhow, there was plenty of marsh harrier activity on Wednesday. Here is a recent photograph taken by Chris Banks to whet your appetite:

Later on in the day, a jay was in Brandon Fen and as I rounded a corner, there was a large obstacle in the path: A very angry looking mute swan. Despite, trying to edge round it, it wasn’t having any of it and I decided to make a hasty retreat!

 Yesterday morning was nice and warm but pretty windy. A curlew was south of the railway line and a common buzzard flew up just beyond Trial Wood. A cuckoo was perched up very conspicuously in East Wood and a garden warbler was singing nearby. A grasshopper warbler was reeling away near the visitor centre.

The local hobbys were out and about and there were at least 20 feeding over Joist Fen viewpoint in the afternoon. Several lucky visitors saw a bittern swimming across the channel in front of the viewpoint and a wood mouse was also wandering around nearby.

This morning a red kite flew over Joist Fen viewpoint and a hobby almost caught a swift in front of Joist Fen viewpoint. A garden warbler was singing near Joist Fen viewpoint and a grass snake was on the riverbank.

Last but not least, one of these was singing in West Wood this morning:

Photo credit- Phil Hack

Its a male golden oriole, and it has been showing on and off in the wood since around 10am this morning. Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon.