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10th April 2017 – Graves Park Sheffield

Spending a few days with friends in Sheffield and, as they are keen birders, we went to a local park to try and see a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker which one of our friends had seen.

Not so lucky with the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker but I managed a Great Spotted Woodpecker and some other woodland birds, notably a Nuthatch and a Treecreeper.

We couldn’t hang around as we were setting off for Bempton Cliffs on the East Yorkshire coast.

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7th April 2017 – Eastville Park

Just a very brief blog mainly to record what a beautiful day it was, with sunshine throughout the day and quite some warmth in the sun.

An amble around Eastville Park didn’t produce anything very stunning, but felt it was worth recording anyway.

Of the birds the most frenetic, if not quite the noisiest, was the Great Tit by the lake.

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The blossom was magnificent too.

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6th April 2017 – Avon Gorge

Another beautiful sunny morning. I had quite a wait to get a glimpse of a Peregrine falcon and then another wait to be able to get some photos. All very enjoyable as I was in the company of a keen birder (who made the spot first each time) who was a season holder for Bristol City and Bristol Rugby – certainly a glorious opportunity for schadenfreude except that I am sad to see these two clubs perform so badly this season!

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5th April 2017- Severnside

An early morning walk (well early for me) from Aust Warth through to New Passage in beautiful sunshine and not too fresh.

Not a lot of bird action though. Regular viewings of Meadow Pipits and then a couple of Linnets. Surprisingly very little on the estuary with only 6 Shelduck and 1 Curlew.

On the way back a couple of Grey Wagtail – there have been reports of White Wagtail but I wouldn’t have a clue about the difference – and 4 Shoveler on the pools.

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2nd April 2017 – Somerset

3 different venues on a glorious sunny day, starting at WWT Steart near Bridgwater, then on to West Hay Moor Nature Reserve and ending up at RSPB Ham Wall.

Not much at WWT Steart other than Curlew (and in to the sun).

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Reed Bunting and Grey Heron were the best from West Hay Moor.

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Three different types of Egret (Great White, Cattle and Little) was the main feature of RSPB Ham Wall.

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The Cattle Egrets were a first for me. Also the first time I have seen the Great White Egret with its black bill.

Wall to wall sunshine throughout the day and quite some warmth in the sun without the wind. The Tufted Duck and the Pochard looking resplendent in the sun.

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