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06 April 2024 12:53
 

Hello Jeff, my latest post referred to London drove in Westhay Moor when I failed to see the Ferruginous Duck.

 
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05 April 2024 16:07
 

Presumably Martin, your sightings were at Westhay Moor?
5-Apr-2024
The 4 Glossy Ibis still from VP1 at Ham Wall this morning but mostly out-of-sight below the near bank while I was there. Also from VP1 a few Blk-t Godwits behind the Sand Martin House and 2 distant drake Garganey far back to the right of this - may have been some sleeping females but no ‘scope! A flypast Bittern & 4 Marsh Harriers.

 
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05 April 2024 14:02
 

Seen by others this morning but hid from me for an hour or more. Some Reed Warblers joining the Willow Warblers and Blackcaps in singing strongly. A few Wigeon still present.

 
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04 April 2024 19:33
 

4-Apr-2024
The drake Ferruginous Duck that was found/reported on BirdGuides 2-Apr at Westhay Moor NNR, was still present today at the back of 30-Acre Lake looking from London Drove.

 
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30 March 2024 15:36
 

30-Mar-2024
Again, a large flock of c.160 Cattle Egrets around ‘Ruby-red’ cattle on the western edge of Shapwick Heath (viewed from the Westhay to Shapwick road) at 12:15 hrs.

 
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29 March 2024 15:43
 

29-Mar-2024
Nice walk in sunshine at RSPB Ham Wall this morning. Heard 11 singing Blackcaps, all hidden out of the wind! 4 Glossy Ibis, 5 Garganey (4 drakes), Spotted Redshank, 5 Blk-t Godwits, Grt W Egret, drake Pintail, Bittern & 3 Marsh Harriers from VP1. Grass Snake sunning among gabion wire baskets at the old railway bridge.

 
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27 March 2024 18:09
 

Lovely at vp1 yesterday am - nothing very new here except perhaps the Garganey total:
4m and 1f Garganey
4 Glossy Ibis
1 Spotshank and a few Redshank
1 Blackwit

1f Pintail from vp2.

 
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20 March 2024 19:39
 

20-Mar-2024
Large flock of 180+ Cattle Egrets around cattle on the western edge of Shapwick Heath (viewed from Westhay to Shapwick road) at 12:45hrs.

 
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17 March 2024 20:30
 

17-Mar-2024
Adult Whooper Swan still with herd of Mute Swans & 31 Cattle Egrets on large grass fields along Sharpham Lane (adjacent to the fishing lake) near Walton, mid-afternoon.

 
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08 March 2024 12:47
 

...also of minor interest, 2 Blackwit were on flooded fields on Tadham Moor on Weds 6th - more waders on the move…

 
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06 March 2024 14:54
 

Ooops, forgot to add…  On the 5th a single Brambling with a few Chaffinches that flew up from the roadside as we approached driving towards the South Drain just north of the entrance track to Catcott Lows.

 
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05 March 2024 17:14
 

05-Mar-2024
The winter plumage Spotted Redshank still from the car park hide at Catcott Lows this morning. Found y’day by Alan Ashman.

 
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03 March 2024 19:14
 

Today, with no wind, no rain and plenty of sunshine:
2 Whoopers still, Noah’s, and very close to the canal footpath for a change.
A Common Lizard basking at the Ham Wall railway bridge and a Blackcap close by.
A Pochard/Tufted hybrid on 2VP lagoon - we seem to have 2 now, on and off.
A female Ring-necked Duck on Glastonbury Heath found by Sean D (and no RNDs at Decoy or Westhay’s roadside pools).
Many egrets of 3 species spread from Sweets Cafe to beyond Westhay reserve car park were impressive, with 10 Egy Geese.

4 ibis reported again south of Noah’s, and a Firecrest at Ham Wall car park.

 
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25 February 2024 17:42
 

More of the same recently and more flooding.  Water everywhere - again!

At the Tealham/Westhay T junction, a mass of Cattle Egrets and BH Gulls had 3 Med Gulls with them (heads varying form nearly all black to just a big black mask).
The 4 Glossy Ibis are now commuting between Noah’s Lake and the field immediately adjacent to the south, which can be viewed from the road with care.
4 RND still on Decoy apparently, and Whoopers have been at Sharpham and Noah’s.

 
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23 February 2024 21:59
 

23-Feb-2024
Two Hen Harriers, ring-tail and adult male at Catcott Lows this afternoon. Ring-tail seen twice, putting up Teal, and male seen once as it flew thro’ low to the west at 15:5 hrs.