Catcott Lows

 
Alison Everett
 
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Alison Everett
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05 January 2024 22:56
 

Ringtail Hen Harrier flew E to W at 3.45pm this afternoon. Also Bullfinch pair seen along track to south hide. Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier also about.

 
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Dave Evans
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26 December 2023 11:30
 

Tuesday 26 December. 0910hrs. Four Cranes flew in from the west and landed close to the bridge towards Shapwick. Viewable from The Lows hide. Good numbers of Wigeon & Teal, some Shoveler, Lapwings and a Little Grebe from the hide.  Ten plus Siskins and a Kingfisher along the track east of the car park.

 
Mat Ridley
 
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Mat Ridley
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24 December 2023 14:11
 

Always worth walking down the track to the Lows hide: a goldfinch charm in the alders, also dropping down to feed on the track; the three lesser redpoll and single siskin with them preferring to stay up in the trees. Approaching the hide a scan of the marsh picked out a peregrine which stayed for a few minutes, as well as the usual marsh harrier. Duck numbers similar to 9th December, although twice as many teal and a few mallard.

 
Mat Ridley
 
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Mat Ridley
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09 December 2023 11:59
 

Plenty of duck from the Lows hide this morning: 400 wigeon, 70 teal, 35 shoveler and a single male pintail. Two marsh harriers putting up small groups of snipe.

 
Mat Ridley
 
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Mat Ridley
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26 November 2023 19:28
 

6 days ago just a handful of mallard from the Lows hide. This afternoon 125 wigeon and single figure teal and shoveler.

 
Mat Ridley
 
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Mat Ridley
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29 October 2023 16:11
 

A lovely male hen harrier drifting over the Lows this afternoon. Two marsh harriers and a few fieldfare. Still no duckā€¦

 
Mat Ridley
 
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Mat Ridley
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25 October 2023 18:40
 

Arrived at the Lows hide at 1720 this evening where a fellow-birder had just seen a ring-tail hen harrier. Hoping that it would show again we watched a barn owl hunting over the Lows for half an hour. Not sure if the owl put up the harrier, but it did reappear for 5 minutes, pursued some of the time by the owl. Harrier dropped into the vegetation about 1750, quite probably to roost.

 
Mat Ridley
 
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Mat Ridley
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13 July 2023 22:19
 

A busy 10 minutes at the Catcott Lows hide yesterday evening (12th).  A hobby hunting over the far end towards Canada Farm at 2115 hrs (this seems to be a favoured area). A few minutes later a barn owl drifted past, a few yards from the hide window. Then a female sparrowhawk landed in the rushy margins on the far side of the pool and sat there for a couple of minutes, presumably contemplating the kill it had missed. The barn owl, meanwhile, had returned to sit on a fence 150 yards away. It was still sitting there when I left at 2150.

 
Alison Everett
 
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Alison Everett
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19 April 2022 17:05
 

4 Glossy Ibis were present this morning before flying off and circling around a few times before heading off in eastwards. Also 5 Redshank present.

 
Alison Everett
 
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Alison Everett
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18 April 2022 20:48
 

2 Little Ringed Plover were on the mud this afternoon, also 4 Redshank, 8-10 Lapwing, pair of Garganey and few Swallow flew through. Still a few Shoveller, Pintail and Teal about. A Sedge Warbler was singing near the car park.

 
Alison Everett
 
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Alison Everett
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15 April 2022 16:13
 

A flock of about 30 Sand Martin flew through this morning, only waders were the Lapwing and 2 Redshank. Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler singing in the fen/heath area along with numerous Chiff Chaff, Blackcap and Willow Warblers and a Bittern was seen from the tower hide.

 
Alison Everett
 
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Alison Everett
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12 April 2022 08:26
 

Yesterday evening (11/04) there were 4 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 drake Garganey along with the Lapwing and remaining ducks. A few Willow Warblers were singing in the heath area along with the Chiff Chaff and Blackcaps that have been singing for a few weeks. A   booming Bittern was heard from the main hide , not sure if from Canada Farm or Catcott fen.

 
James Gibbs
 
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James Gibbs
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09 April 2022 16:34
 

Catcott Lows this morning 09-04-3033
A bright sunny day and a good selection of birds seen
Marsh harrier male at a distance.
Grey heron.
Great white Egret ,two
Little Egrets.
Cattle Egrets 2
Lapwing three.
Redshank, two very active.
Pintail male
Shoveler.
Gadwall,Mallard, and Wigeon, in small numbers.
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James Gibbs
 
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James Gibbs
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09 April 2022 15:36
 

Catcott Lows this morning 09-04-3033
A bright sunny day and a good selection of birds seen
Marsh harrier male at a distance.
Grey heron.
Great white Egret ,two
Little Egrets.
Cattle Egrets 2
Lapwing three.
Redshank, two very active.
Pintail male
Shoveler.
Gadwall,Mallard, and Wigeon, in small numbers.

 
Alan Ashman
 
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Alan Ashman
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22 January 2020 21:19
 

Two Water Pipits and a ring-tailed Hen harrier were the highlights after the mist lifted today.