Managed to take a few bird shots while staying with friends in Pembrokeshire.
Redshank and Curlew on the Taf Estuary at Laugharne on the way down; Tufted Duck in Pembroke Dock; Buzzard and Goosander at Stackpool Estate; Teal, another Buzzard and Curlew and Redwing at the Welsh Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran near Cardigan. Robins everywhere.
It was a black and white world at New Passage on the Severn Estuary this morning but it was quite mild and I enjoyed getting out.
500+ Black-tailed Godwits had been reported there on Monday and, as far as my counting skills go, they must have been all there again today. In fact, the same source (Paul Bowerman – www.severnsidebirds.co.uk ) reported 5000+ birds on the foreshore this morning and indeed there was a huge number and variety of birds.
I walked along by the pools and saw the 200+ Lapwing but the foreshore was by far the more interesting aspect of my walk as the very high tide receded.
For our first visit to RSPB Arne we were very lucky with a beautifully sunny but cold day. I suppose the highlight ought have been 30+ Spoonbill but they were at some distance and so the more visible Curlew, Godwit and Redshank were more exciting. A distant Buzzard mobbed by Crow also addd to the day.
More than anything I enjoyed the walk in varied countryside beside Poole Harbour and the slice of cake in their new café.
An amazing day’s birding on the Somerset Levels started in the mist at West Hay Moor NNR. The Bearded Tits were reasonably obliging but nonetheless wouldn’t move in to the sun. There was a distant Sparrowhawk and a cheerful Reed Bunting to entertain during the wait.
I moved on to RSPB Ham Wall where I was rewarded with (first of all a very pleasant cup of coffee in the visitor’s reception) Great White Egret, Glossy Ibis and Marsh Harriers.
The beautiful sunshine encouraged me to move on to Cheddar Reservoir where there was a rare Lesser Yellowlegs which performed marvellously for all the photographers and twitchers present.
On the way home I came across the Mendips (with an amazing view across the lakes and Severn Estuary and well in to Wales) to Blagdon Lake where some knowledgeable birders pointed out a distant Ring-necked Duck, Bewick Swans, Scaup, Goldeneye and endless Great White Egret. I stopped off at Chew to catch the sun setting and more Great White Egret having their supper.