Monday, 24 March 2014
Ham Wall, Shapwick and Greylake
Arrived at Ham Wall for 7:30am on what was a frosty blue sky sunny morning.
Our path first took us to the Ham Wall reserve where the birds from the start were in full song from booming Bitterns to Chiffchaffs. One male Garganey was seen amongst Teal and a few Canada Geese. We got a good view of a Cettis Warbler but as always we were too slow to get a photo! Also present in good numbers were Sand Martins in the sky and also skimming the water, great to see and hear them again.
Highlight of Ham Wall was a single male Bearded Tit which we were able to observe for some time on the reeds leading to the new hide. Amazing how they make their way to the top of the reeds and what fantastic colours and call they have.
Plenty of other birds to be seen including Chiffchaffs, Tufted Duck, Great Creasted Grebes, Shovelers etc.
Shapwick Heath side was also rewarding where we got a sighting of a Bittern. The Srape had 5 Great White Egrets as well a 3 Little Egrets, 2 Garganey towards the back and about 20 plus Gadwall in a group.
Not a lot was seen from Noah's Hide. Grebes, Tufted Duck, Cormorants. From the Screen behind Noah's though we did get some great views of a displaying male and female Marsh Harrier.
Next stop Greylake and great to see that the flood water had receded and the reserve is now open.
The car park had its usual visitors of Chaffinch, Dunnocks, and Reed Buntings visiting the logs and tables in search of food.
From the hide you can see that the area of marshy still waterlogged land stretches a long way back. From here though we saw a female Marsh Harrier being mobbed briefly by a female Peregrine. Still some Teal, Lapwing and also a lone Curlew.
Highlight of Greylake ..... Seeing a flock of 5 Cranes fly past ...awesome!