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Posted by Trevor on November 12, 2010 at 2:09 AM

Please feel free to use this blog for all your sightings at Marston , have a rant about anything or just talk about the weather, its up to you........

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Reply SpadgeBirder
11:41 AM on November 13, 2010 
Was nice to see the 9 Curlew still in the field left of Marston SW this morning, also 2 Redpoll (lesser) i think? in a Silver Birch with Siskins.
Reply David Morison
7:21 AM on November 28, 2010 
Now we are approaching the year end I thought I'd mention a couple of concerns:

1. The area behind the willows East of the scrape has been much drier than previous years with very few species (that I've seen) about. Is this down to water level management or just silting up?

2. The reed beds in general seem not to have as extensive areas of Fragmites sp. as previous years - same question?

3. Species breeding in previous years but seeming to be in short supply this year - Lapwing (only one young seen), Oystercatcher (a pair seen early but not staying), Mallard (only one brood seen), Moorhen(very few young seen). Where have all the Coots gone, adult or young? I realise this may be down to cyclical variation but has anybody else noticed any changes? Comments Keith?


Reply Keith Bowden
2:06 PM on December 16, 2010 
I have managed to get the Marston ringing report celebrating 25 years of ringing onto my blog. Also I have added last years report for 2009. One difficulty I have had is displaying spreadsheets but all the information is there by using the slide bars.
Link:- you will probably have to paste this link into your browser.

Reply Trevor
6:06 AM on January 24, 2011 
Very sad news about Mick Gill passing away last week, he was a regular Marston birder and full of enthusiasm for the site and birding on the whole. RIP Mick
Reply David Morison
8:25 AM on February 27, 2011 
I am happy to see a pair of oystercatchers back on the main scrape island today, hope they stay around to breed as before. One was ringed.

Reply David Morison
1:52 AM on October 28, 2011 
Jack Snipe seen on the far bank of the scrape on 27/10/11 at 1520. With Dave Roberts.

Posting this here instead of Forum as it isn't working for me at the moment.

Reply Sid
3:09 PM on July 9, 2012 
Hi all has anybody been to Marston this month,went today seems quite did see yellow wagtail in field by car park,
regards Sid new member
Reply Trevor
5:07 PM on July 10, 2012 
Sid says...
Hi all has anybody been to Marston this month,went today seems quite did see yellow wagtail in field by car park,
regards Sid new member

I've not been this month at all yet , its been so wet, I'm guessing water levels on site are extremely high, so a poor breeding season will be expected
Reply Martin
10:04 AM on November 28, 2012 
Not yet made my first visit to the site, though hopefully it is pretty imminent. Any advice on the best bits at this time of year would be much appreciated
Reply viv
1:15 PM on May 16, 2013 
Does not put any updates on this
Reply Keith Bowden
2:40 AM on July 17, 2013 
We will be holding a ringing demonstration on Saturday 27 July commencing at 9.00 to approx 16.00 subject to there being no rain. This will take place adjacent to the reed bed just along from the hide. Ample car parking spaces have been negotiated in the field opposite the car park.
Everyone welcome

Keith Bowden

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