something iv’e never heard at the res’ Friday evening 8:00 pm ish in the copse between sports ground and Boat house — Cetis Warbler!! and then this Saturday around 09:00 in Middlemoor Lane ,again that startling call!!
also further up the lane, near the boating lake a fully fledged magpie being fed by a parent, not sure if this is very early or what?
Late this afternoon: lesser whitethroat between yacht club and Cheddar intake, lots of pied wagtails (probably between 30 and 40), a few swallows and 23 common sandpipers at water’s edge along southern bank.
Around 7 am grey wagtail near Axbridge tower. Reed bunting, reeling grasshopper warbler and distant sedge warbler beyond Portmeade Drove in south-west ‘corner’. Sparrowhawk flying low inside southern rim before dropping into Middle Moor Lane. Possible Cetti’s warbler heard distantly and briefly from scrubby area south east of yacht club, between reservoir and Strawberry Line. No swallows, martins or swifts this morning.
9 Common Sandpipers early-afternoon, along the the water’s edge just SW of the Cheddar Inlet Tower.
late afternoon and around 100 plus mixed Swallow AND House Martins predominantly House Martins, along the front of boathouse and toward Axbridge gate
monday am 12 common sandpipers at the cheddar tower
3 swallows this evening—- still awaiting signs of house martins
early morning in Middlemoor lane, 3 gs woodies
At 19.00 this evening I saw a first year Little Gull in typical feeding flight near the Yacht club. It was the only bird in flight over a large flock of Black headed Gull.
late afternoon saw the arrival of around 6 swallows near to the top end of Stubbington Drove where the small car parking area is
single Dunlin this morning near the boathouse, and still no signs of House martins/swallows here, but thought i heard a very distinct cuckoo further down toward Stubbington Drove leading to the River Yeo around 08:00
I visited the Reservoir this morning hoping for some signs of migration and to begin with the only species I found were Sand Martins-hundreds of them- as I have found recently in Shapwick Heath. On my return along the south side of the Res. to the car park, I finally saw one Wheatear and 2 Swallows, both year firsts, to make the journey worthwhile. No sign of Common Sandpiper or Terns though.