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