Only yesterday a pair of Brambling were found in the Mercers Country Park car park by Gordon Hay first thing after the overnight heavy rain had drifted past. I managed to drag myself out of bed to venture over. I couldn't find them at first, but a distinctive wheezing call behind me attracted my attention, and there they were, my first-ever Brambling on the patch.
|Female Brambling at Mercers Country Park
|Common Sandpiper at Mercers Lake
|A distant view of a Wheatear in the horse paddocks on Mercers Farm
|A Black-tailed Godwit on the flooded plain on Water Colour Lagoon1
|The drake Pintail made a welcome return to Spynes Mere
The overall sightings list for Holmethorpe in 2016 now stands at 116, with the rest of April and May to discover more patch gold. A Stone-curlew, Osprey, Wryneck or Ring Ouzel would top my personal wish-list during the next week. A shoe-in, surely!
Elsewhere, our neighbouring patch to the north at Canons Farm, with Steve Gale monitoring the site, has thrown up a number of great sightings, including a female Goshawk yesterday, as well as Ring Ouzel, Redstart, Wheatear and Hawfinch (a Steve Gale speciality).
|Male Reed Bunting