Thursday, 16 March 2017

Early Spring - Ham Wall Somerset 2/3/17

A dry day with sunny spells, mild  but very windy for our morning visit to Ham Wall. Our walk took us past the first platform where a Glossy Ibis stood braced against the wind with still some good numbers of ducks  including Pochard, Tufted and Wigeon.  On to the Avalon hide scanning as we walked, Bitterns booming, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Chiffchaff singing.  From the Avalon hide Marsh Harriers, Great Egrets and Great Crested Grebes. As usual the 'pinging' of Bearded Reedlings could be heard from the reeds, didn't see them this time though! 
From the Avalon Hide our walk took us to the 2nd platform and then on to Loxtons and Waltons. Brilliant to see Grey Herons are once again nest building around Waltons. A few Redwing were spotted at the top of a tree probably the last we will see now! 
Shapwick side was very quiet with many of the duck species now flown. 
48 species seen today a very blustery day, we had to work hard to see them!

   Glossy Ibis battling against the strong wind

                  Great Egret from the Avalon Hide

   Great Crested Grebe with catch of the day


   Down in one?


   Coot aggression 
                  Cormorant - love that blue eye

   Gadwall giving chase 


   Four male Gadwall after one female!



                   A touch of spring at Shapwick 

Great Tit

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