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2nd November 2021 – Chew Valley, North Somerset

Fortnightly my wife has a patchwork and quilting class in North Somerset and I take the opportunity to drop her off and go birdwatching in that area. The last few occasions I have been further south to the Somerset Levels but this time I had a day in the Chew Valley at Chew Valley Lake and Blagdon Lake. The weather was fabulous and there were plenty of birds to keep me occupied.

Chew Valley lake – a great place for fishing and birdwatching

At my first spot, at Herriott’s bridge at Chew Valley Lake, I saw bearded tits (everyone’s favourites) but they didn’t hang around for me to photograph them. My first photos were of a pair of gadwall (could they have been the pair that I saw in Eastville Park?)

Gadwall
Marsh harrier spooked the waterfowl for a while

There were thousands of waterfowl on the lakes but most of them were telescope distance away. Here are some of the ones that came close enough to photograph.

Great white egret in the distance

Great white egret close up
Shoveler
Teal
Wigeon
Wigeon

And some of the woodland birds …

Wren
Chaffinch
Nuthatch
Robin
Great tit
It can’t be the countryside without a pheasant

At Blagdon the highlight was three Egyptian geese which looked stunning in the late afternoon sun.

Egyptian goose
Egyptian goose
Great black-backed gull in the middle
The birds have to share this lake too with the fishermen

Needless to say I was late getting back to pick up my wife.