Sunday, 20 April 2014
Dawn Chorus - Somerset Levels 18/4/14
Arrived for the dawn chorus at 05:30 am to a glowing moon and the deafening sound of bird song. It seemed every bird was in full song even booming Bitterns and at least 2 Cuckoos joined in! No amount of words can describe natures orchestra - talk about lifting the spirits!
Our path took us to one of the hides at Ham Wall where we watched the sunrise as well as getting great views of Little Egret, Great Crested Grebes, Pochard, Reed Buntings, Coots, and a Water Rail.
A total of 7 hours was spent between the two reserves of Shapwick and Ham Wall and our walk round produced sightings of a Bittern, male Garganey, Kingfisher, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Godwits, Cettis Warbler, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Great White Egret, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a few Marsh Harriers as well as all the usual suspects. However the highlight of the day was seeing and listening to a Nightingale a first for us in th UK. So good to hear and see all the summer migrants return though.
A few butterflies were seen Brimstone, Small Tortoishell, Peacock, Green Veined White and plenty of Orange Tips which proved very flighty and difficult to photograph.
The early morning start was fantastic and well worth it so much so we will doing another dawn chorus visit in a few weeks time!
Lunar View greets us to the levels
Sunrise on the levels