Meare Heath Scrape

 
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21 September 2017 16:21
 

12 Ruff; 3 Dunlin; 2 Green Sands; half a dozen Snipe; plus a small S’piper with a white rump seen in the rain this morning not identified ! then and not about when the sun eventually came out this afternoon. lots of Wigeon ( 30+). 40 Lapwing (very twitchy). Worth checking any small wader that’s about tomorrow!

 
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19 September 2017 17:03
 

p.m. visit, 1300’ ish today 1 juv. Curlew Sand (white rump)!; 1 Dunlin; 1 Ruff ; 1 Green Sand; 4 Snipe; unfortunately the Curlew Sand lifted off when the 30 or so Lapwing present alarmed and flew up and had not been seen again up to 1430 when I left.  On Ham Wall this morning 1 Glossy Ibis; 3 Bittern; several parties of Bearded Tits ( one of 13 individuals).

 
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18 September 2017 19:58
 

31 Wigeon on the scrape today with just 2 Green Sands, 1 Snipe and 1 Dunlin.  A single Black Tern was on Noah’s Lake.

 
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15 September 2017 17:33
 

Just a Green Sandpiper 2 Dunlin and a Snipe among the Lapwing on the Scrape today.
A visit to Ham Wall VP2 revealed 4 Ruff , 2 Ringed Plover (juvs.) and 2 Dunlin.

 
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12 September 2017 19:25
 

First Pintail on the Scrape today female or juvenile. ? 3 Ruff 2 Green Sands. Peregrine attack early afternoon nearly took a Ruff . .Cattle Egrets showing as yesterday but 8 seen today

 
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11 September 2017 14:58
 

Mon. a.m. Windy and wet at times!  4 Ruff;  2 Green Sands; 3 Blk. Wits;  30 Lapwing.  13 Wigeon; 3 Shoveller; lots of Gadwall, Mallard and Teal. In the distance in field south of Meare village and visible occasionally were 4 Cattle Egrets and 8 Little Egrets.. One Great White stopped in for 10 minutes and a Bittern flew over from 70 Acres to the Piggeries going down wind at 30 knots!

 
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09 September 2017 18:05
 

Eight SOS members braved the showers and occasional glimpses of the sun for the SOS walk this morning, the highlights were the Pectoral Sandpiper on the scrape on our second viewing heading back but sheltering from the rain under the hide,  thanks to those in the hide who alerted us to it’s presence(just to the north of the island among the Lapwing flock)  Other highlights were one Green Sandpiper, one Black-tailed Godwit a brief glimpse of a Water Rail for some, Marsh Harrier and a showy Bittern from the VP1 at Ham Wall.

 
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08 September 2017 15:16
 

A Note from Simon Clark Nat. Eng dated 5th. Sept.  .  Re Water levels on the scrape,  bringing it up from it’s relatively dry state last week!

Just to let you know that we allowed some water into the Meare Heath Scrape today, to cover some of the drier areas of mud that where not being used by any migrating birds.  We have now stopped moving water and will wait to see how any passage birds respond.  We will continue to monitor the level and if required we can pump down again.  On leaving site this evening there where large numbers of lapwing using the newly flooded but shallow areas with a number of smaller waders also feeding.

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Simon Clarke
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05 September 2017 19:13
 

Hi everyone

Just to let you know that we allowed some water into the Meare Heath Scrape today, to cover some of the drier areas of mud that where not being used by any migrating birds.  We have now stopped moving water and will wait to see how any passage birds respond.  We will continue to monitor the level and if required we can pump down again.  On leaving site this evening there where large numbers of lapwing using the newly flooded but shallow areas with a number of smaller waders also feeding.

With kind regards
Simon Clarke
Shapwick Heath NNR

 
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23 August 2017 16:51
 

2 Common Sand Pipers today( first I’ve seen here this year I think)  1 Ringed Plover stopped for 15mins thenheaded off West; plus 2 Green Sands; 55 Black Tailed God Wits;  Large gathering of Great and Little Egrest numbers much as yesterday. Unusually 2 Grey Wagtail dropped in and a Water Rail made a brief appearance along the reed edge at the back of the scrape as did one Sedge Warbler.

 
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22 August 2017 16:53
 

Missed off yesterday’s note, 1 Hobby,  3 Snipe ans 3 Wigeon. Today Wigeon presence had risen I saw 4 but was reliably informed that 8 were present earlier; only 1 Greensand.  1 flyby Bittern and 1 male Marsh Harrier plus one Kestrel.

 
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21 August 2017 16:12
 

73 Blk Wits;  30 Lapwing;  1 Glossy Ibis;  2 Green S’Pipers; max of around 40 Little Egrets early this morning with 12 Great Whites that included 2 ringed birds, RED AAC ringed Ham Wall 2016 and the Orange over Lime French bird ringed in Briere Marsh,  Loire Atlantique in 2009!  Almost all the birds cleared off late morning when a large tracked vehicle involved in the Noah’s Hide replacement came up the track. returning very slowly with lots of absentees up to 1400 when I left.  Nothing of note seen on Noah’s Lake!

 
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20 August 2017 20:25
 

Egret Bonanza was a great sight this morning on the Scrape.

See here
Egret bonanza
and here
Egret bonanza

28 Godwits flew onto the Scrape
Also small Otter in South Drain, 2 Otters in with the “Polish” cygnets.
Hobby over Noahs.

 

 
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20 August 2017 18:14
 

Sunday 20th Aug. I counted 28 little egrets but there were more far left, 12 great white egrets, 1 glossy ibis large numbers of ducks, lapwings, black tailed godwit, a lot of gulls of various kinds, some swans having real trouble wading through the mud, a bittern fly over and an otter that crossed right through the middle of the scrape

 
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19 August 2017 14:14
 

25 Little Egrets; 3 Great White Egrets and 10 Blk. Tld. G’ Wits, plus the Glossy Ibis at around 1100hrs. today .  The tde is well out!