Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Newton St Loe, Sand Point, Northwick, Somerset levels

Date: 15- 18th
Newton St Loe, Sand Point, Aust, Somerset levels
Species Highlights: 
Cuckoo, Garganey, Whitethroat

A Sunday walk around my Newton St Loe Patch was a fairly quiet affair it was a WEBS count but very little to report highlight being a Common Sandpiper on top lake sluice, Swan on nest, and 2 Grey Heron also on nest, Herons seemed to have moved the herony this year to top lake. By the end of walk the drizzle started the female Kestrel ended the damp walk.

Monday was a much better weather and blue skies so headed to Sand Point to see if we could spot any migrants, we didn't but, did hear a Grasshopper Warbler reeling from the car park, A flock of Curlew.

While walking along the coast line this stunning Peregrine landed on the cliff top.

We carried on walking past and left the falcon to surveying his bit of coast line, as we did 4 more Peregrines screamed past us and along the coast, amazing!

A Sparrowhawk in the car park ended our time at Sand Point. Still early we decided to head along motorway to Northwick Wharf, Pilling wetlands as a few migrants had been showing like Ringed Ouzel, Yellow Wagtail all we managed to find we a few distant White Wagtails.

After walking past sentry box 2 adding Curlew, Redshank, Lapwing and a Ringed Plover we left dropping ito Marshfield on way home, all very quiet here best was a Red Legged Partridge.

Wednesday again lovely weather and Lauren got day off so we headed down the Somerset Levels first off Westhay, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff's on the walk down to hides.
He looks very annoyed to having his picture taken.

With almost perfect light this Pochard looked stunning.

As we left hide we both heard a Cuckoo calling and headed towards the sound, then as we were looking for it I spotted it flying, distantly towards us.

It landed briefly then disappeared again, we actually heard 2 birds calling, brilliant and worth the walk.

Also on reserve Reed Warblers, Reed buntings feeling elated we headed to Ham Wall/ Shapwick. Leaving car park this soaring sparrowhawk showed with Marsh Harrier and Buzzard.

On the Scrape at Shapwick we had 3 Garganey managed a picture just as Natural England arrived and everything took to the skies and disappeared. 
A wander around Ham Wall produced a Whitethroat, Great White Egret and always present Marsh Harriers.

Next one of my favorite reserves Greylake but it was very busy, i guess the sun shone and everyone had the same ideal, the normally brilliant feeders in the car park which are full of birds, but a couple of Reed Bunting and 2 Chaffinch was our lot.
A great day all the same.

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