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Jeff Hazell (Levels-birder)
 
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25 September 2016 14:43
 

25-Sep-2016 (morning)
Both Glossy Ibis feeding, straight out from the 1st viewing platform, also 2 GWE, at least 2 Ruff and 4 Blk-t Godwits, and 2 Bitterns walking near each other on the dead reed area in the far LH corner. On Waltons: a Kingfisher, a juv Marsh Harrier, and 2 Bitterns (both in-flight).

 
Jeff Hazell (Levels-birder)
 
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23 September 2016 19:48
 

23-Sep-2016
Osprey reported over Ham Wall this afternoon (seen from The Avalon Hide); also both Glossy Ibis have been seen from the first VP in the past week.

 
Andy Mears
 
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18 September 2016 18:39
 

3 Ruff amongst countless Snipe, a handful of Blackwits and plenty of Lapwing today on 2VP scrape.  No Garganey.

 
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01 September 2016 17:34
 

All the waders, except Lapwings, appear to have deserted Ham Wall for Meare Heath. The highlights at VP2 this afternoon were two Garganey and a Bittern flypast. Also two Marsh Harriers, a juvenile & an immature male, and an Osprey from Avalon hide

 
Andy Mears
 
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24 August 2016 20:49
 

Hard work at the 2VP scrape today but in 1.5 hrs managed:
1 Wood Sand
1 Garganey
1 G Ibis
...all very brief or elusive.

Easier to see were:
2 Ruff
1 Dunlin
6+ Blackwit
4+ Green Sand
1 Snipe
2 GW Egret

Thanks for the Meare Heath updates Alan and Jeff.

 
Jeff Hazell (Levels-birder)
 
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18 August 2016 19:18
 

In answer to Andy Mears: I’ve been told that NE are hoping to start draining down Meare Heath to produce ‘the scrape’ sometime next week - Monday 22nd onward. We wait in hope!!

 
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18 August 2016 16:06
 

One Wood S’Piper (briefly)! walked off left!;  1 Green Sand; 2 Common Sands; 3 Ruff and the Two Glossy Ibis from VP2 at 1300 today. All difficult to see for the most part due to the lush vegetation

 
Andy Mears
 
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16 August 2016 20:49
 

Couldn’t find any Garganey this evening, nor a Pec Sand!  (one reported from Noah’s briefly this afternoon…)

Ps. NE have created superb Gadwall habitat on Meare Heath…  Anyone for a drain-down?  And I have nothing against Gadwall in fact.

 
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14 August 2016 21:30
 

3 Garganey on 2VP scrape today, plus 2 ibis, 1 GWEgret, the Blackwit flock and just a couple of visible Green Sand

 
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04 August 2016 16:40
 

A small! Ruff from VP2 today ,3 Greensands ,circa 70 Blk Tld. GT’Wits. 1 Snipe and a few Lapwings with only 1 Glossy Ibis seen in 3 hsr (Two were about yesterday for a couple of hours). $ Bittern flights and just one Hobby sighted. A male and a Juv Marsh Harrier and 2 Buzzards flew by.  There are now a number of Teal showing (into double figures).

 
Jeff Hazell (Levels-birder)
 
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03 August 2016 17:31
 

3-Aug-2016
In a-couple-of-hrs late morning: Marsh Harrier 2 juvs; Hobby 1; Grt W Egret 3; Glossy Ibis 2 (together), and the male Little Bittern singing briefly (not seen) at the far eastern end of the reserve (Street Heath marsh). Apparently a small flock of Bl-t Godwits seen earlier, before I arrived.
A single, regular, Green Sandpiper on road-side old peat workings at nearby Sharpham Corner.

 
Alison Morgan
 
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03 August 2016 07:13
 

Thank you ! GWE ringed at Ham Wall 25.5.16.

 
Alan Ashman
 
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01 August 2016 17:39
 

A ringed Juvenile Great White Egret was visible in front of VP2 this morning. A Red ring with the letters AAC.  There were also approx. 80 Black Tailed G’Wits which spent most of the time out of sight to the left. 2 Green Sandpipers and 1 Snipe were the other waders seen. The Little Bittern was apparently still calling but I didn’t venture that far east.Then the rains came!

 
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30 July 2016 18:36
 

2VP this afternoon:
1 Garganey
6 Green Sand
1 Wigeon
The Blackwit flock (50 perhaps)

 
Alan Ashman
 
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25 July 2016 14:57
 

No real change in the past week, 2 Ibis, 2 Greensands, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Hobby and 1 Bittern, 4 G.White Egrets and half a dozen Little Egrets all from VP2 this morning plus a fleeting view of a Little Bittern down the Sharpham end of the reserve. There is a brood of 9 fairly large Tufted Duck on Walton which was nice to see and 4 Pochards with a female.