Saturday, 11 May 2013

11th May

It's been another very windy day on the Avalon Marshes. I was hoping that maybe one of the Pomarine Skuas that have been coming up the Bristol Channel in good numbers recently might end up heading overland (all 4 skua species have been recorded here!), but that rather optimistic wish didn't come true. Still, it never hurts to try.

It was another case of 'more of the same'; Bitterns, Marsh Harriers Great White Egrets all showing well. Bearded Tits were heard calling several times but didn't show, though Cetti's Warbler seem to be even bolder than usual, and gave same great views today.
A Wood Sandpiper was on the nearest mud of the Meare Heath scrape at Shapwick, making a nice change from all my recent sightings which have been at the back of the open water from the 2nd viewing platform at Ham Wall RSPB.

Fish remnants on the Walton Heath Trail, probably from an Otter

Marsh Harrier

Shelduck feeding in the new RSPB workings on Garley's at Ham Wall

The Wood Sandpiper

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