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18th February 2019 – Somerset Levels

It was good to get out into the country today and to one of my favourite birding spots at RSPB Ham Wall on the Somerset Levels. However, we got caught in a torrential downpour at the beginning of our walk and for most of the visit the light was poor. However, the weather brightened up enough for us to have a picnic al fresco and to enjoy watching passerines near the bird feeders close to the reception.

The best of the birds were a marsh harrier and great crested grebes, although it was too early in the year to see the grebes’ famous courting rituals. We obviously need to come back in a few weeks time.

DSCF6681Tufted ducks

DSCF6774Little grebe

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DSCF6839Great crested grebe

DSCF6787Grey heron hiding in the reeds

DSCF6856Gadwall

DSCF6917Great white egret

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DSCF6960Male marsh harrier

DSCF7169Female reed bunting

DSCF7183Male chaffinch

DSCF7202Great tit

DSCF7041Blue tit

DSCF7039Robin

Click below for gallery of photos from today

 

 

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