I had a walk around my local park this morning – the first time I felt I could do this since rupturing my Achilles’ tendon at the beginning of the year. No kingfisher today but I wasn’t disappointed by what I saw.
It was a glorious morning for birding at Westhay Moor on the Somerset Levels. I had hoped to see bearded tits (reedlings) but, although I did hear them, I had no success in seeing them. However, I did have several sightings of reed buntings and a kingfisher but didn’t manage any photos.
There were plenty birds there to keep me clicking (although modern cameras thankfully don’t even have to make that annoying sound) and I was not disappointed with the photos I took.
Following a very wet day yesterday, it was great to get out and enjoy a walk along the Severn Estuary between New Passage and Severn Beach. The tide was already quite low when we arrived at New Passage but we were allowed some distant views of waders. However, before we reached Severn Beach there was nothing to be seen and my camera was packed away for the return journey.
On our way to Steart Marshes in Somerset to do a spot of birdwatching we discovered a gem of a garden at Cannington near Bridgwater. In fact, we spent most of the day at The Walled Gardens of Cannington and left only a small amount of time for Steart Marshes (which was just as well as the wetlands were very dry and not as exciting as usual).
One section of the garden was called “The Mediterranean Garden” and it was such a beautiful day that you could easily have thought that you had been transported to the Mediterranean.
Slideshow of photos from the Walled Gardens of Cannington:
There weren’t many waders at Steart as everything was so dry but we saw plenty of raptors looking for a meal.
A pleasant enough day birding in the Chew Valley but I didn’t have much in the way of photographs at the end of the day as the water levels are still very low and all the waterbirds are quite a way out and the light was not great.