Monday, 7 November 2016
Cheddar Reservoir - Lesser Yellowlegs etc
At long last we got the chance to visit Cheddar Reservoir in hope of seeing the now famous Lesser Yellowlegs. We paid a visit on 31/10 and again on 4/11 and struck lucky both times. A beautiful wader with remarkable legs and a 'lifer' for us.
The reservoir itself is very low on water at the moment and has acquired a couple of islands! We have never seen the level so low and the bleached looking dried out weed together with the mud has almost created little lagoons. Quite surreal to look at.
Other birds of note were 3 Great White Egrets, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Tufted, Pochard, Cormorant, Chiffchaff, Mute Swan
The one and only Lesser Yellowlegs
Feeling tired - Pied Wagtail looking striking against the bleached weed
Wing stretch - Lesser Yellowlegs
The Lesser Yellowlegs a fine looking wader, a lifer for us and one of the many highlights of 2016 so far.