Friday, 3 February 2012

Matford marsh & bowling green marsh

Matford marsh 14:00 till 15:15

Took a walk over to the marsh after work snipe were flying around as I arrived and on the main scrape I soon found 40+ snipe feeding on the grass also 1 water rail, 250+ wigeon, 23 shoveler,50+ teal, 13 fieldfare, 22 redwing. On the back scrape from the seating area another 24+ snipe, after receiving news of the American wigeon being at bowling green marsh i decided to go and see if it was still there.

Bowling green marsh 15:50 till 17:05

On arriving at the hide soon had the drake American wigeon in my scope and got great views of it feeding with the 300+ wigeon. I believe this is a first for bowling green marsh hopefully it will stay around over the weekend an added bonus was a female merlin showing for about 10 mins in trees to the right of the hide before flying low and fast over the marsh flushing several snipe at least 7+ showed on scrapes to the left of the hide. Just as I was leaving the wigeon all went up some flying off eventually a peregrine flew over heading of down river to finish the day.