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14th September 2021 – Somerset Levels

Thundery showers were forecast for this part of the country and as not a drop of rain fell during the 5 hours I spent on the Somerset Levels I am in no position to complain about the gloomy light conditions.

I started my birding day at Cheddar Reservoir and the first bird I saw was a kingfisher flying across the lake followed by a common sandpiper. An encouraging start.

Common sandpiper at Cheddar Reservoir

My next destination was Catcott Moor on the Avalon Marshes. This was my first ever visit here and I was rewarded with a flock of a dozen cattle egret near the car park.

Cattle egret
Cattle egret
Cattle egret in flight

There were also lots of swallows with many of them perching on a nearby tree.

Swallow
Looks like the swallows are getting ready to fly back to Africa

From the hide I saw gadwall and teal and a single great white egret.

Gadwall

I also saw the flock of cattle egret take to the air and then saw a buzzard on a post which must have scared them. I also had a good view of a snipe.

Common buzzard causing consternation to the cattle egret
Snipe

On my way back to Puxton near Weston-Super-Mare (where my wife had been doing a textile class) I stopped off at Cheddar Reservoir where I saw the common sandpiper again along with a grey wagtail, a small flock of pied wagtails and a great crested grebe.

Grey wagtail
Pied wagtail
Common sandpiper flying past great crested grebe
Common sandpiper
Great crested grebe

A very satisfactory day.