Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Somerset Levels, Hills and Coast
A glorious 16 miles or so walked over the weekend. 3 very different terrains were covered the nature reserves of Shapwick, Ham Wall and Greylake on the levels, the hills of the Mendips and the coast path around Sand Point and Middle Hope. The feel of Autumn is now in the air of the early morning and evenings despite the warm days.
Plenty of butterflies still to be seen as well as dragonflies. Passage migrants are now on the move with the levels proving rewarding. How quiet the reed beds have now become with no reed or sedge warblers singing their song, we miss them already! Highlights of the week end were Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Whinchats and a field of Clouded Yellows. The countryside is still very much alive if you stop to look!
Small Tortoishell on Purple - loosestrife
Greenshank on the 'scrape' Shapwick
The Hawthorn looking very full everywhere this year
Clouded Yellow seen at Greylake. 20 or more flying along side whites and tortoiseshells in the planted grassy meadow. A wonderful heart lifting sight to see.
Ruddy Darter at Greylake
Common Darter at Greylake
Rowan berries in all their splendour - lots of Mountain Ash in the woods of the Mendips
A young Roe Deer on our path. A beautiful sheen and colour to it
Migrant Hawkers, male and female
Common Blue - hundreds around Sand Point flowers and grasses
Looking towards Sand Point
Silver Y Moth , there seems to be an abundance of them this year.
Middle Hope 'beach'
One of a family of Kestrels using the sea breeze to practise flying and diving. Fantastic to observe and watch.
Small Skipper on Scabious - the only skipper seen over the week end.
At least 3 Whinchats in the scrubland of Sand Bay beach. On their way to Africa what a fantastic surprise.