Very dull and drizzly day – not really a birding session to Chew Valley Lake, as little ones in tow, but just happened to have a camera with me so couldn’t resist.
Lesser black-backed gulls, house martins, swallows and swifts. Pied wagtail and a yellow-legged gull (2nd summer juvenile according to Ian Stapp who I was pleased to meet for the first time) and a common sandpiper. Flyover Canada geese, little egret and grey heron. Pleased that the older of the little ones could recognise most of these – younger of the little ones did well on recognition too.
Lesser black-backed Gull and Common Sandpiper
LBB Gull, Grey Heron, and Little Egret
Not quite like East Anglia but very enjoyable all the same
At the end of another beautiful day we enjoyed a very brief visit early evening to Duchess Park, Stoke Park; we saw the resident grey heron, a few coot chicks, several broods of ducklings, a brood of 7 Canada geese and 2 swallows.
Our first ever visit to Newton St Loe: such a pretty village and a beautiful walk around Bath Spa University and its lakes.
We saw a swan and its cygnets, three grey herons and a little egret on the lake and a deer and a hare on the edges. As we walked close to the university there were loads of jackdaws and crows and a flock of a dozen long-tailed tits. On the way back we enjoyed watching the swallows and house martins collecting flies over the fields.
A spot of nature watching is always uplifting even on a gloomy day and the Somerset Levels (as always) didn’t disappoint.
Great white egrets, little egrets, a bittern in flight and a glossy ibis were the stars, but marsh harriers, great crested grebes, lapwings and a variety of butterflies and bugs presented a challenge to photograph and were well worth seeing.
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