Thursday, 22 December 2016

Pipit Party ! Blyth's and Water Pipit.

Date: 22/12/2016
Blagdon Lake and Chew Valley Lake
Weather: Some sun with Cloud, Rain to Finish.
Other Species: 
Blyth's Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Golden Eye, Great White Egret, Shoveller, Shelduck, Greater Black Backed Gull, Common Gull, Water Pipit, Buzzard. But lots more missed.  
Sunshine forecast so headed to Blagdon Lake for the Blyth's Pipit which didn't disappoint! on getting out the van with Robert and Anne saw the bird within minutes!

It stayed mostley at the water's edge but showed the hole time we were there with some following.

Once you've seen it it was fairly easy to tell apart from the many Meadow Pipits, It's stance and size being a bit bigger than m'pipits made it quite obvious.

Last one although i took quite a few shots these four  about about the best ones, still very happy and a great little bird. Hope it stay's for everybody including Lauren !

Time still on our side so headed to Chew Valley Lake and Morton hide. Where on arrival there was not much showing from hide. A Greater Black Backed gull feeding on a dead fish about the best. Then...... 
A Water Pipit landed, distant but Water Pipit and the second Pipit tick of the day!

I've seen before at Piling Wetlands but if this is even possible, a more distant shot!
A much paler bird then the Meadow Pipits and eye Stripe as well. 
An excellent day!

A Great White Egret also landed in front the hide but a fly past Buzzard put the Teal, Shoveller, Egret and the Pipit up and that was that.

Day before Wednesday I also went to Chew valley to check out new lens here's a few of those shots from Herriots and Herons Green.

A  Common Gull bullying its way round the Lake.

Lesser Black Backed gull incoming.

A Great Crested Grebe in a reflective mood.

A real Egret mecca both Chew and Blagdon. 
Amazing to think that 2012 there were only 2 nests in Somerset. 
Highest count on Chew Valley Lake this year 27 ! 
With also plenty of Little Egrets as well.

This one made a catch proving why Chew Valley and Blagdon Lake are so good for them.
A great 2 days was had and some nice people met :) and some cracking birds !

Thanks For Looking !

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