Sunday, 28 September 2014

Low Level Birding!

Date: 28th October - All Day
Location:  Cheddar Reservoir - Chew Valley Lake
Observation:  A long walk around Cheddar Reservoir, the best was 500+ Coot! Really wasn't alot bird wise, a small group of Meadow Pipit and Goldfinch around the west side. A few gulls flying above catching flies. Around the east side was some Pochard + Tufted Ducks so decided to actually try and attempt to get some nice pictures! We stayed for a few minutes got a few shots and were distracted by a fly-past Sparrowhawk who didn't show again. Also 2 Rabbit, a Greater-Spotted Woodpecker and a Thrush sp. were all in same try catching flies aswell. As there wasn't much about we drove to Chew Valley Lake on our way home, lots of Buzzards along the top of Cheddar. We got to Chew and were told by a fellow birder we had just missed the Osprey catch a small fish and eat on the tree at Moreton Point. Typical! Again not much to report, we had our first look around Moreton, looks good for when birds are actually going to be there! Hopefully winter will prove good for some nice waders. Around to Herriotts, again not much around, just as we got into the van, a nice little Water Rail appeared in the channel, before running off into the reeds. Nice little surprise to end the day!

Weather:  Cloudy, Sunny, Warm
Other Species: 500+ Coot, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Osprey, Great-Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Black-Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Water Rail

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