Monday, 18 January 2016

First visit to the Levels - Shapwick 16/1/16

A cold and frosty sunny blue sky start to our visit to Shapwick. We spent 3 hours here strolling the paths carefully watching and seeking out anything that moved! In total we saw 40 birds in quite a relatively small area. These included some great views of Marsh Harrier, Pintail, Goldcrest, Jay, Water Rail, Bullfinch, Chiffchaffs and Stonechat. A great way to spend a few hours!

A squadron of Teal 'put up' by a Marsh Harrier

                    Stonechat and Chiffchaff. Plenty of Chiffchaff overwintering on the levels

   The majestic Grey Heron

                    Heron - top of his tree!

   Flock of Pintail - very restless and flighty over Noah's Lake

                   The beautiful Jay - in the woods on the path to Mere hide

   Goldcrest - also very flighty and constantly on the move!

                   Water Rail - always heard at Shapwick but seldom seen

   Treecreeper  - more tree than creeper! Will have to try harder.

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