Wednesday, 10 February 2016
RSPB Greylake, Somerset Levels 9/2/16
A cloudy, cold and very breezy visit to Greylake with the icy wind forcing its way through the shutters! A few sunny spells appeared but just as we left at 12 ish it grew very dark and the heavens opened up to heavy sleety rain. I need to add as well that this area of the levels is flooded for the first time this winter with the area in front of the hide nearly one big lake with no land.
Still plenty of duck species to be seen as well as Snipe taking shelter in small reed areas here and there. The highlight of the visit had to be seeing in one view a Marsh Harrier, Peregrine and a Hen Harrier giving chase to the thousands of ducks 'put up' - now that was exciting!
All in all 28 bird species were seen with some great views of most of them.
Reed Bunting, Starling, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Stonechat, Goldfinch, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Great S Woodpecker, Great Tit, Lapwing, Snipe, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Mallard, Gadwall, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Black tailed Godwit & Kingfisher.
What a top class day at a top class reserve!