Singles of Arctic tern, Common & Lesser whitethroat and 2 Common sand this am.
7 common sandpipers on the west side late afternoon , 14 newly hatched ducklings nead the Axbridge Rower and 3 green woodpeckers (1 on the grass feeding and two heard).
took a walk down Stubbington Drove this am, towards the river, distant cuckoo , pair of Bullfinch [m&f] Blackcap[m] Kingfisher at the river, Reed Bunting[m] Willow and Reed Warblers ,single of each, but noticed there seemed less chatter in this lane than i have in previous visits [approx 6 areas of chatter today] ..several Tortishell butterfly, 3 deer and a field mouse
Some wader passage in the last 24hrs, with Redshank and Dunlin yesterday, 10 Common sand this morning, then 7 Common sand and a single (different) dunlin this evening.
Ad Little gull along south side of res briefly this pm before heading SW.
Also, late morning a male Redstart in scrub by the information board on the east side. 2 male Yellow Wagtails and 1 White Wagtail on the west bank.
First early morning visit for a while rewarded with a large flock of hirundines held up in the stiff north-easterly breeze: my estimate is at least 300 birds but probably many more, mostly sand martins but some house martins and swallows too. Also, along the west bank: 5 common sandpipers, 8+ pied wagtails and 14 linnets. 2 willow warblers south of the clubhouse.
No sign of any Little Gulls on the Res at 10:30 this morning. Still hordes of Sand Martins.
not really at the res a good walk from it !! .. but we have a fledgling blackbird on our lawn this evening [22:00] very good plumage ,scurried away under some bushes to relative safety
17 Little gull currently along east bank.
Osprey north over the res at 16:40 this afternoon, my 125th species at the res in precisely a year since I moved to Somerset.
Not too sure about House martin, but there were approximately 1500+ Sand martin, 50 Swallow and 20 House martin feeding over the res this morning, with more birds visibly moving NE through the Axe valley. A female Marsh harrier flew SW over the west bank, whilst the first Common sandpiper of the year was also present briefly. Surprisingly, 7 Greylag geese were the first I’ve noted this year in 74 visits!
early doors this morning a massive influx of House Martins, at the CaravanPark in Sharpham Road approx 200 250 birds, and as i ventured around the res more and more arriving in batches of 20 - 30 , beautiful sight
FYI Dan, there was 3 GWEs present on the Res 3-Nov-2016, at a time when it was mostly drained.
Welcome Frankie, glad you managed to catch up with it. Following on from a brief fly-over a week or so ago, one of the local GWe circled the res for a while this pm before being mobbed by gulls, quite a sight as it nearly ditched into the water. Landed a couple of times on the west bank, but flushed by walkers/dogs (for a change!) and circled the res again. Worth keeping an eye open for as it is in full breeding plumage.