Tuesday, 27 September 2016

More Patch Ticks and Somerset Levels

Date: 26/27 September 2016
Location: 
Newton St Loe & Somerset Levels
Weather: Both days cloudy grey
Other Species: 
Highlights on Patch first 
5 Grey Wagtail, 3 Skylark, 50+ House Martin 1 Barn Swallow, Kingfisher, 2 Nuthatch, 
1 Female Wigeon, 12 Teal. 36 species count
Ham wall-Shapwick
3 Great White Egrets, 14 Little Egrets, 100+ Wigeon,Lapwing, Snipe, Water Rail, Gadwall, 
2 Kingfisher, Oystercatcher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Glossy Ibis, 3 Little Stint, Ruff, Greenshank, Buzzard. 46 species count
Observation: 
First off a patch walk on Monday and a somewhat slow day but with 2 Grey Wagtails a  couple of Jays and 3 Skylark plus the normal things was looking good before pennyquick and so far 19 species. So in to Village and still a good amount of House Martins around 50 buzzing over Farm shop. Only 1 Barn Swallow seen on hole walk though. Out to Newton Park Lower lake and a Kingfisher streaming along lakeside. But while checking out ducks of which their were 2 Mallard and ..... A Wigeon !!

May have got split up from its mates? 
Bristol area had a influx of 320 Newton St Loe get one ! But last time we had a Wigeon was 13/01/2014 so yet another year tick, takes us to 81 this year a record !!
Top Lake 12 Teal numbers growing nicely .


Out along Newton Drive and apart from the Students now arriving, 1000's of them, Oh joy !
Around 20 Rooks feeding in fields was about it.


Tuesday and weather promised to be better, not really but rain held off.
Ham Wall first and saw this Great White Egret.


Bit distant but looked nice with Glastonbury in background.


Went to Avalon Hide not much here but while walking along path to vp2 a group of 12 Little Egrets mixed with Gadwall.


While scanning for the Glossy Ibis which i couldn't see this Marsh Harrier came coasting over putting everything up. Oystercatcher, Black Tailed Godwit and Lapwing along with Gadwall, Mallard and Shovellers making the numbers up .


While chatting to other visiting birders saw the Glossy Ibis, i know very distantly but still saw them. This in between vp1 and vp2.


Not much on to see on Walton side except these Cormorants.


Surprised how many Butterflies about still with Speckled Woods, Red Admirals and Numerous Whites about. This Red Admiral about the only one to stop, on fresh Ivy Bloom.


Quick swig of coffee and crossed the road to Shapwick Heath and time to check out the very nice Tower Hide. Spotted a Little Stint then 2 more. With Lapwing, Greenshank, Water Rail, Ruff highlights of the rest.


Took the walk on to Noahs hide.
Kingfisher and fleeing Lapwing the best there. So nearly 3:30 decided to leave also, a grey day but a count of 46 species was had,chatted to some nice people, And home.


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