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13th July 2018 – Severn Estuary

I had a walk along the Severn Estuary from Northwick to see the changes being made to the Pilning Wetlands.

You can’t see very much at the moment but it is all looking quite promising and I enjoyed chatting to the owner Richard Parry who is making a good effort to improve the wetlands. It would be interesting to see his lodge at Hara Langano in Ethiopia which he talked about.

There was a ruff and a dozen black-tailed godwits but everything was too far off and in to the sun to get a photo.

The best I got were some swallows and a female linnet. Four grey herons kept moving around the wetlands but they were not as tame as those in Eastville Park.

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MT1D6376Swallows

MT1D6338Female or immature linnet

I saw a distant kestrel at Aust but the heat haze ruined any chance of a decent photo.

MT1D6463Terrible shot of a kestrel – after all it is Friday the 13th!

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11th July 2018 – Eastville Park

I wan’t going to do a blog for this walk through Eastville Park and along the River Frome to Snuff Mills as there wan’t much bird life at all, but I suppose you need to report your failures too.

The highlight was a grey heron in flight and a couple of butterflies but none of the more exotic butterflies that others are reporting.

DSC00150Grey heron launching itself from the lakeside

DSC00115Peacock butterfly on its favourite plant – the buddleia 

DSC00202A painted lady butterfly

DSC00193Fish stocks in the river building up after the close season – the heron will be happy

DSC00106We’ve moved on from the dandelion seed heads – it’s now time for the thistles.