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4th January 2022 – Weston Airfield (disused)

After a drab morning at Chew Valley Lake where the best I saw was a great crested grebe, several snipe, a jack snipe and a pair of distant marsh harriers I moved on to the nature reserve on the disused airfield at Weston-super-Mare.

View of the former Weston airfield – now a nature reserve

I was hoping to see the penduline tits which I have never seen and which had been reported here recently. There was a fresh breeze and it was very cold but I was encouraged by the excellent light. However, for the first hour I only saw reed buntings and stonechats. My patience was well rewarded , however, when two penduline tits appeared and stayed around feeding on the bull rushes until I felt I could take no more photos.

Penduline tit
Penduline tit
Penduline tit
My first view of the penduline tits

I was quite excited by this addition to my life list but my exaltation was rather tempered by the fact that I tore my achilles tendon (which had been sore for some time) slopping around on the muddy path and limped back to my car in some pain.

Reed bunting
Stonechat


9 thoughts on “4th January 2022 – Weston Airfield (disused)

      1. Thanks Martin
        My one and only visit was to deliver one of our young wingers to play for the county colts on the rugby pitch there. I am from Clevedon

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  1. Fabulous photo’s. Where exactly is the Nature Reserve you where at – WSM? Is there parking? Could you give me directions please? I’m local and having googled the reserve, nothing comes up. Would love the chance of adding the Penduline Tit to my list.

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    1. Thank you Linda. I approached the reserve from the village of Hutton (to the east of Weston-super-Mare). In the middle of Hutton you turn into Moor Lane, follow the lane north as far as you can go (1/2 mile) and park on the lane. Cross over Cross Rhyne and turn right. The views on my blog are taken from the path.

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