Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Somerset levels

Somerset levels tour bird list.

Todays visit to the Somerset levels produced the following sightings.

Several sightings of Marsh harrier along with a Peregrine falcon.

Many different heron species with Great white, little and Cattle egret all seen along with Grey heron and a single Glossy ibis.

A very close view of a splendid Firecrest out in the open almost certainly my best view of this tiny bird.

In the tree tops both Siskin and Redpoll could be seen feeding also a Chiffchaff moved through with various tits.

Out on the open water we found a Whopper swan in with the Mutes and several duck species with Pintail, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall and Mallard all seen.

A closer look over an area of cut reeds we saw a few Snipe and a fine Water pipit put in a brief appearance.

A few other birds seen included Raven, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Black tailed godwit.

We ended the day watching around 400,000 Starlings coming into roost, a great end to a wonderful day.DT

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