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Andy Mears
 
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03 December 2023 18:09
 

Fun and games at Westhay this afternoon:
I think the RND pair were on the usual lake but they were asleep so I’m not 100% sure.
3m and 5f Goosander gave terrific views from London Drove but flew off late afternoon - off to Cheddar perhaps.
125 C Egret had come in to roost by dark and with 113 at Noah’s per Sean D, numbers seem to be right down, presumably due to cold weather movement (and a Med Gull for Sean too at Noah’s plus 1f RND at Decoy).
I seemed to be right in the middle of a Fieldfare roost while I watched the egret roost.
A too-brief Chiffchaff may well have been Sibe.
And most odd of all, a Glossy Ibis flew over, north to south and out of sight at 1537, another did the same at 1539 and a 3rd at 1543 but that landed with the egrets and remained til dusk - 1 bird or 3, I really don’t know.

(2m and 2f Scaup at Cheddar this am by the way)

 
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03 December 2023 17:51
 

3-Dec-2023
Shapwick Heath (West): At 16:30 hrs 2 Woodcock flew across the South Drain at tree-top height, as viewed looking west along the drain from the Shapwick roadbridge.

 
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02 December 2023 17:18
 

Duck and drake RND on the usual Westhay pool this morning, and just around the corner, a female Merlin perched up in an arable field south of the reserve.  All in pretty thick fog, which looked incredible from up on the Mendips.

Water Pipit seen today on HW I hear.

 
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01 December 2023 19:34
 

Water pipit at Ham Wall on Tuesday posted on UK Bird ID Facebook page by Pat Glenville:
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30 November 2023 21:26
 

Female Goldeneye on lake with female RND on Wednesday morning.

 
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29 November 2023 21:37
 

Looks like Glossy came back to noah’s: https://twitter.com/BillAspin/status/1729927959392256064

 
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29 November 2023 17:18
 

And to add to Mike’s female RND at Westhay, a male was on the next lake along (east) on the south side of the road this morning.  Both lakes held small Tufted Duck flocks.  The drake appeared to be the poorly-marked bird already seen on Decoy and Noah’s this autumn.  This lake was drained all summer, I think in preparation to become a fishing lake, but only attracted egrets, herons, a few Green Sand a couple of Redshank during my regular checks.  Nice to see a good bird there today.

The imm/female Scaup was still on Waltons at Ham Wall;  and the Glossy Ibis flew over Noah’s this afternoon with c40 C Egret, heading in the direction of Westhay NNR.

 
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29 November 2023 15:37
 

Female Ring-necked duck at Westhay today, next lake on the left past the reserve car park on Westhay Moor Drove.

 
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28 November 2023 20:34
 

Noah’s this afternoon: 2700 wigeon estimated from count of photos, 200 pintail scattered through the wigeon flock, 20 tufted. Shoveler, gadwall, mallard and pochard in single figures. Decoy on 23rd almost empty of duck.

 
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26 November 2023 17:40
 

26-Nov-2023
Couldn’t easily gain entry to the hide at Greylake this morning, 18 vehicles in car park and someone just leaving said the hide was overfull with about 20 people! It was the same last Friday morning. So again we turned around and went across Tealham Moor: 3 GWE, Kingfisher, but no Whooper. Then below Mudgley: c.60 Cattle Egrets & 15 Little Egrets, and near the LH turn for Panborough & Bleadney our car flushed a Green Sandpiper from the roadside rhyne that landed out in the middle of a short grass field. 3 Jays together near Brook Farm on edge of Godney Moor fishing lake.

 
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26 November 2023 17:06
 

I couldn’t see the female RND at Westhay this am but there was still one at Decoy despite a massive reduction in wildfowl numbers there.  Only 20 Golden Plover just north of Westhay today.

4 ad and 1 juv Crane were at Greylake, and a smart Water Pipit.  Still only modest duck numbers.

Otherwise, peeps saw Glossy Ibis from 1vp and imm fem Gt Scaup on Waltons at Ham Wall.  Ad male Black Redstart reported at Abbey House in Glastonbury yesterday I notice.

 
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23 November 2023 19:22
 

23-Nov-2023 (late afternoon)
The female Ring-necked Duck still present with a group of Tufted Duck on the roadside old peat workings c.200m east of Westhay Moor Reserve car park. Also the adult Whooper Swan still at the western end of Tealham Moor with 5 Mute Swans on shallow roadside flooding south of the road.

 
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22 November 2023 17:35
 

Upper Godney at 1550 hrs this afternoon, 180 cattle egret gathering and feeding in a partially flooded field. At 1600 they took off and headed towards Westhay NNR.

 
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22 November 2023 16:52
 

Another v quiet morning at Long Drove, Ham Wall and Shapwick today was followed by a better afternoon…

A female Ring-necked Duck was with the small Tufted flock on the first roadside lake just east of Westhay NNR car park.  This bird has a nice white eye-ring with a very thin white line going back - so not as dark as the dark Decoy bird and not as well-marked as the well-marked Decoy bird!  No.5 (or 6?)

50 Golden Plover were with Lapwing just north of Westhay village.  Saw the Glossy Ibis at last - it was with 50 Cattle Egret and a dozen Littles in a roadside field about 3km north of Westhay village.

2 ad wp Med Gulls were with a big flock of BHGs on Tadham Moor floods, and the Whooper was still on Tealham.

 
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20 November 2023 17:35
 

20-Nov-2023
There were 208 Cattle Egrets below Mudgely this morning, which are rather overshadowed by the roost count of 666 (yes 666) at Westhay Moor this evening (per BirdGuides). None on a flooded Tealham Moor, but 36 Little Egrets together was a best count I’ve had for some time. No sign of the Whooper Swan at the western end of the Moor, but lots of distant parts it could be on far from the road. A juv/fem Marsh Harrier slowly hunting along the drier edges, and 2 Kestrels flying together. A Grey Wagtail on the roof of the car park hide at Catcott Lows, but still no ducks!!

BTW: the access road to Cattcot Lows Reserve from Burtle is closed by roadworks, so the only car access is via Catcott Village.