Monday, 22 April 2013

22nd April

The Avalon Marshes were fantastic today. I recorded 90 species of bird just on Shapwick Heath NNR, Ham Wall RSPB and Shapwick Moor HOT, without really trying too hard.
Obvious highlights were the 2 Whiskered Terns that stayed for a few hours this morning before departing to the West (1 is now at Durleigh Reservoir) and the long staying Pied-billed Grebe, but a top notch supporting cast of migrants included Avocet, Garganey, Arctic Tern, Hobby and Grasshopper Warbler along with the 'usual' Great White Egrets, Bitterns, Ravens and Marsh Harriers.

3 Avocet were at Ham Wall and then flew west over Noah's

One of up to 8 Garganey on the marshes today (4 Ham Wall, 3 Meare Heath, 1 Noah's)

This Hare on Shapwick Moor seemed totally unconcerned by my presence
4 Ravens were putting on a great show at Ham Wall, an absolute tank of a bird

This Carrion Crow wasn't so impressed though!

Early morning Whiskered Tern, still distant
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