Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Somerset Magic - Spring on the Levels 24th & 25th April
Two days back to back spent on the levels and both days didn't disappoint.
Monday was a cloudy but bright day which saw us heading off to Ham Wall first. We had not walked far when overhead flew a couple of Cattle Egrets, wow what a start to the day. Very good numbers of hirundines including our first Swifts of the year. A Cuckoo was in fine voice and we did in fact see 2. Whitethroats are now present as well as Reed Warblers.
Superb as well to see our first Hobbies of the year at both Ham Wall and Shapwick. Bitterns were seen all over the reserve with several flyby's, not forgetting to mention great views of Marsh Harriers. More Whitethroats and Hobbies were seen on the Shapwick side and apart from some Greylags with goslings the scrape was very quiet until 11 Cattle Egret flew in. What a grand finale to a top day!
Tuesday saw us starting at the Shapwick side, sun and cloud plus a freezing strong wind joined us today. At the scrape were Black tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Ringed Plover & a single Little Ringed Plover, Hobbies and Swifts overhead & a few Great Egrets etc. We stayed in the tower hide in good company for 2 hours hoping to see the Otter which is often seen at the Scrape. Unfortunately we did not see it. Heading back to the carpark we spotted a Garden Warbler in the undergrowth, it flew high up to a tree opposite and at last we had a great view of a singing Garden Warbler a lifer for us.
Great to see dragonflies and damselflies emerging plus Orange Tips & Peacock butterflies where the sun shone.
In summary a cracking two days on the levels with a total of 56 bird species seen. It is beautiful out there with everywhere coming alive and greening up and the place is just bursting with flora and fauna plus you just can't beat hearing the song of the cuckoo!
Fingers crossed that both eggs hatch
Day 2 - Tuesday