Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Dawn Chorus on the Levels May 2nd
Arrived at Ham Wall at 04:30am it was still dark with a hint of dawn just starting to break. Bitterns were already booming both Shapwick and Ham Wall side and it wasn't long until Robins, Blackbirds, Warblers etc were all joining in with their song. Bats were still out on the wing which was brilliant to see and a pair of Tawny Owls were giving their familiar twit t'woo call. Cuckoos started to join in, Garden Warblers, Black caps, Cettis the 'music' almost deafening! The atmosphere and ambience of the moment was just magical, another realm as dawn started to break and the sun started to come up.Our walk took us along the path to the Sharpham end stopping at the 2nd platform for breakfast of a sausage sarnie and coffee for breakfast to watch the sun come up. Back to Loxtons and Waltons the Tor view hide and the Avalon hide, what a truly wonderful morning 8 hours in total from 04:30 until we left at 12:30!
55 birds for the day including Bittern, Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Cattle Egret, Hobby, Garden Warbler, Marsh Harrier, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Glossy Ibis, Garganey.