For those who haven’t visited the ‘Scrape’ it is now no more! The tide has been rising since Monday, ( a board on the sluice has been lifted)! the last Green Sand left on Tuesday around 1130, 20 Blk Wits were still there then tiptoeing around, today Thursday apart from a few Egrets of which only a single Great White could reach the floor there was nothing!. Hopefully N. England will be saving up and will put the pump on early Autumn, whenever that arrives!
I made it at least 12 Green Sandpipers at 08.00 this morning-the highest count I have had this year although there were 11 there on Tuesday. Water level is noticeably higher since the recent rain but just enough mud to attract small waders.
At least 9 green sandpipers this morning, 16 little egret and 3 great, as well as glossy ibis and 60+ lapwing.
Late morning Sunday,A single Redshank ( first for several weeks); 2 Green Sands; 20 Blk. Tld. G’Wits. (one ringed report sent off): 150 Lapwing; Plus the Glossy Ibis for an hour before it flew back whence it came into the reeded lagoon immediately east of the scrape. A single Cattle Egret was also settled at the back, eventually flying off west.
7 Green Sands today, plus the Glossy ibis that appeared from the reeded lagoon next door, lifted out by the downdraught of a passing low flying Chinook!
Again this morning 6 Green sands present , 149 Lapwing (where are they coming from?). no Godwits until early afternoon when 20 Blk Wits came in from the Ham Wall direction. ( No Terns on Noah’s Lake!
Meare Heath at midday. 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Blackwit, 60+ Lapwing, 3 GWE, 3 Hobby.
Noah’s Lake. 2 Common Terns.
Quite a few newly minted Butterflies and my first Brown Hawker of the year.
( P.M. visit,) Now A bit of one-upmanship ! by 1430 this afternoon there were Nine Green S’Pipers on the scrape, far and away the most I’ve seen together here.
Also present were 52 Blk. Tld. G’Wits and around the same number of Lapwing among which were at least two of this years young that must have come from a fairly local breeding site! The Glossy Ibis also appeared and a couple of Cattle Egrets flew past
A moulting Red Kite circled around for a few minutes just south of 70 Acres behind the tower hide
On a very wet morning little has changed from yesterday.
3 Green Sands, 32 Blackwits, 2 Lapwings 1 Glossy Ibis, 4 GWE, 5 Little Egret plus numerous Coot, Moorhen and ducks. One very wet looking female Marsh Harrier over Meare Heath reedbeds.
Eventually 5 Green S’Pipers together on the scrape this afternoon ( started with 3 at 1130)! the Ibis is back and 29 Blk wits.
26-June-2017 (evening 18:00/19:45)
2 Green Sandpipers (my 1st this year - thanks Allan), 26 Blk-t Godwits, 2 Cattle Egrets and the Glossy Ibis which appeared late-on from the back channel.
Spent from 20:00 to 22:10 on Walton’s (Ham Wall) but no sight-or-sound of a hoped for Night Heron.
3 Green S’Pipers on the scrape this morning , initially NO Godwits but a dozen Blk.Tld. G’ Wits.flew in midday, presumably from Ham Wall?. usual sprinkling of Large and small Egrets ( no cattle) and 50+ lapwing. no sign of the Ibis up until 1400 when I left.
More mud exposed on the scrape this morning. Species seen.
Green Sandpiper 2 (my first in Somerset this year)
Glossy Ibis 1
Great White Egret 17 of which most were yellow beaked.
Little Egret 20+
A Green Sand Piper was on the scrape this morning, my first of the year; also present one Glossy Ibis, 30 Blk Wits and a similar number of Lapwing.Three Juvenile Grey Herons plus an adult . 5 G.W. Egrets together ( 2 of which were ringed young from 2016 namely AAC and AAF ) together with with 4 Little Egrets and a single cattle egret all standing together when I arrived. No sign of a Purple Heron! 3 Bittern flkybys and another 3 Cattle Egrets passed by one of which landed and stuck around for a while. There were a couple of Bearded Tits on 70 Acres behind the Tower Hide and on an early visit to Westhay this morning 6 were seen near the North Hide there.
I met some visitors who saw 2 Glossy Ibis in Ham Wall this morning.