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6th November 2017 – Eastville Park

I went for a stroll around Eastville Park this morning and set off in the sunshine; but by the time I was down by the river the sun had disappeared and it was cold and dark and not much bird life around. However, after a chat with a few of the locals, the sun reappeared and a few birds made their appearance.

A kingfisher flashed by on the river, then a grey wagtail came close by and posed in a log.

The dipper was in its usual spot on the river and the grey heron was standing like a plastic model on the small island on the lake.

The black-headed gulls were keen to be fed by passers-by as well as plenty of mallards and a moorhen.

The dipper was still there sunning itself on the river bank as I headed home.

i still find the homeless people living in tents around the park quite upsetting.

DSC00772Grey wagtail

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DSC00930Dipper

DSC00991Black-headed gulls pinching the pigeons’ food

DSC00992Grey heron

DSC00989Moorhen

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DSC01012Dipper stretching its wing

 

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5th November 2017 – Somerset Levels

A lovely sunny day but quite cold for a trip to the Somerset Levels: we went first of all to Westhay Moor in the hope of bearded tits but no luck and not much else other than lots of shoveler and widgeon.

At Ham Wall we saw no marsh harriers (which I think is the first time ever) and really there was not much exciting about: only one brief view of a great white egret. The most attractive birds were shovelers, gadwall, lapwings and even mallards with their new coats. Right at the end I had my first view of a redwing this year.

DSC00367I couldn’t resist!

DSC00442Mallard

DSC00471Lapwing

DSC00590Gadwall

DSC00580Shoveler

DSC00625A distant cormorant

DSC00511Gadwall in flight

DSC00752Redwing