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9th December 2019 – Barrow Tanks, North Somerset

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I thought I would be a little less parochial this morning and try and see a few of the rarities reported on Barrow Tanks (a reservoir just south of Bristol). I managed to see the great northern diver  (but it was a long way out) but failed with the black-throated diver and the long-tailed duck. Whilst walking around the reservoir I saw a common sandpiper, a common buzzard and a grey wagtail and on the lake there were coots, great crested grebes and cormorants. The light was not terribly good and it was very cold.

DSC06199Great northern diver

DSC06027Common sandpiper

DSC06047Common sandpiper

DSC06048Common sandpiper

DSC06083Grey wagtail

DSC06142Common buzzard

DSC06153Common buzzard

As I was that side of Bristol I carried on to Chew Valley Lake. The light was better when I arrived at Herons Green but it was no warmer. I stayed briefly and spent most of my time watching lapwings circle around the lake. There was also a great white egret and a grey heron.I  carried on to Herriotts Bridge but saw very little – but that was because it was too cold and I spent nearly all the time in the car eating my lunch. I’m clearly not a dedicated birder.

DSC06963Lapwing

DSC06452Lapwings

DSC06543Great white egret

DSC06547Great white egret

DSC06656Grey heron

DSC06660Grey heron

DSC06631Cormorant

DSC06626Cormorant

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