Thursday, 30 March 2017

Sandwich Terns over Newton St Loe !

Date: 30/03/2017
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Grey with some blue fairly warm
Species Highlights: 
Sandwich Tern, Kestrel, Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff.
A patch walk today to look for the Dipper that was reported on Tuesday, so headed out through Bath Mill with Chiffchaff along brook and male & female Mallard only. 
Up onto Dog track and Roe Deer bolted across in front of me. Wrens, Blackbirds and Robins and a single Small White Butterfly, their coming!
A Buzzard flew from nearby trees and disappeared, no ideal where it went.
On to Fields and Skylarks in good number at least 10 heard across fields and 5 seen in group all together. Also 3 Yellowhammer back on hedge line not seen up here for a while now. 

A Red Admiral flew past , first one this year and didn't stop for picture. 53 butterflies left.
A few Peacocks along byway stopping on Dandelions.

On out through Village and Pied Wagtails over Farm Shop but little else. Barn Owl and 2 Harris Hawk outside Village shop with falconeers chatting to group of people so i didn't stop.

Met Robert and carried on down through Send a Cow Woodland, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch & Great Tits calling. Checked in on Herony and only 3 or 4 on nest difficult to see but fewer Herons about.
Got to Waterfall and 2 Grey Wagtails here M/F feeding and carrying nesting material.

Nothing lower lake, Top Lake Mallard numbers have risen slightly, but students disturbing the wildlife. Our 2 Mute Swan still not on nest permanently, but now have two nesting sites one normal place.

 Second top end of lake. 
Tufted Duck Male still about females have departed. Male Little Grebe seen also.

Managed to catch a dodgy Blackcap picture, heard him singing his punchy little tune i'd say 3 around lake.

Chiffchaff lots, at least 10 birds around the walk today.

Nuthatch also in good numbers 5+ calling, singing and chasing each other round.

Back down through lakes to check Dipper and the female Grey Wagtail posed this time briefly.

No sign of Dipper but the area looks right for one so i'll check again soon, Pheasant thinking we've not seen him i think.

Another small White Butterfly seen and this Song Thrush Doing his full repertoire ! 

Left Robert and said i'd walk the rest of the way home and i was so happy i did ! 
Spotted what i thought was Black headed Gulls over Farm Shop but on looking through binocular realised they were 3 Sandwich Terns !!!

Couldn't believe it Newton St Loe is 16 miles from coast and not really any large amounts of water near here, apart from Chew Valley so to see 3 Terns is amazing !

The Sandwich Tern takes us to 93 Species for NSL and our 69th tick of the year so far.
So smiling all the way home!

When home male and female Bullfinch on my feeders taking walk total to 45 species. Still smiling !

To finish i did a walk on Wednesday and came across this waterfall at Chew Stoke, nr Chew Valley lake, not what you'd expect here !

Me in shot for scale, check my other website out for more

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