Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Sunday Patch & Grey But No Egrets

Date: 6/11/2016 - 8/11/2016
Location: 
Newton St Loe + Chew Valley Lake
Weather: Grey with Rain - Sunday. Then very Grey - Tuesday.
Other Species:
Patch: 2 Kingfisher, Coot, Nuthatch, 250+ Corvids,  Mistle Thrush, Jay - (Full List Here)
Chew Valley: Gadwall, Shoveller, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Goosander, Common Gull, Snipe - Plus many more... 

Observation: 
Sunday went on patch walk with @rojobus not much about but a nice walk anyway, 9 Skylark in Fields, Seven Acre lots of gulls on fields plus lots of Corvids @rojobus counted, I estimated 250 assorted :)
This Lesser Black Backed Gull in village managed a beak full.



On Lakes, normal stuff Nuthatch in between and a single Coot has returned! He/she been away for 3 months! Probably not same one but nice to see one back.


Tuesday went to Chew Valley Lake, a very Grey day but no Egrets :)



This small Perch never stood a chance! 
Black Headed Gull and Common Gull in hot pursuit!



Counted 18 Little Egrets constantly hunting, 
Doing their little dance with there feet, stirring up the the mud and the fish.


Doing pretty well, Little Egrets catching just Perch or that's all I saw them catch.


1/2llb Perch down the Hatch, Gulls no hope with this one!


With the 18 Little Egrets, 6 Grey Heron and many Cormorants all fishing it was a massacre!
This a little Jack Pike gone in seconds!


Common Gulls constantly harassing anything that caught a fish. Screaming after the the Black Headed Gulls. 
I thought this one looked like he was chewing a wasp!!


Second winter Common Gull or Mew Gull.

       

While I was sat watching the action there was one Great White Egret in Heron's Green Bay, But as the day went on a few more joined in.


13 Great White Egret's in this shot but more joining every 10 mins or so.


I ended the day on 17 Great White Egret,18 Little Egrets, 6 Grey Heron plus 3 Goosander in Heron's Green Bay, plus the rest. 

@bristolbirding before dusk counted 20 Great White Egret and 23 Little Egret amazing!!
A scene similar to the Amazon.




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