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2nd November 2016 – Somerset Levels

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.

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This Bearded Tit was most inquisitive

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.

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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.

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