South Levels, Thursday

Dave Chown
Dave Chown
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Joined  16-11-2019
09 January 2020 23:09

Had a look around a few sites with Pete Akers today. Flooding receding quite quickly now.

Wet Moor - 2 adult Bewick’s Swans at the west end this afternoon were a very welcome sight; they flew off north-west towards Muchelney Level when approached aggressively by a pair of Mute Swans. Flooding remains extensive on Wet Moor, though the level is dropping. A modest 500 Lapwing up over the east end (very few at other sites). Duck were mainly distant today, uncounted. On Monday I estimated 2700 Wigeon, with tens of Pintail and Shoveler, 26 Tufteds, 21 Pochard, 2 Goldeneye and 57 Coot. There were ~10,000 roosting gulls at dusk on Monday, incuding roughly 3000 Herring and 400 LBB Gulls, the rest mainly Black-headeds. We didn’t stay late today. There may not be sufficent depth of water to provide a secure roost now.

Thorney Moor - 1 Cattle Egret with 51 Little Egrets just north of Thorney Moor Farm.

West Moor viewed from Burrow Hill, continuous flooding gone, some splashing in the central area but surprisingly no duck, Lapwings etc.

On Witcombe Bottom east (walking from Pill Bridge Lane), a good 500 Common Gulls feeding around the remaining flood pools, 20 Shelduck, 3 Green Sandpipers on the River 2 Cranes over, heading west.

Also a hunting Merlin between Stapleton Cross and Kingsbury Episcopi.