Tealham water levels are still high, few Lapwing ,they seem to have gone to Westhay Moor where there are a very large number ,three adult Whooper Swans were grazing amongst the Lapwing. Sparrow Hawk at Daggs Drove and a second sighting at Lewis Drove ,five Buzzard seen at various locations 30/40 Goldfinch near the Kennels, Tadham,also a group of 15 Little Egrets and a small congregation of Herons in a field opposite.Thursday 14-02-2014.
A group of Grey lag Geese some 30 strong at Westhay Moor but I did not see the three Whoopers one Buzzard .At Tadham 21 Grey Herons and fifteen Little Egrets were huddled in a group sheltering from the wind, one Sparrow Hawk flew past as I was watching a Buzzard ,finally patience payed off and two Little Egrets approached close giving an excellent photo opportunity, pair of Read bunting finish the day.
18-02-2014 This mornings observations
one Kestrel Tadham.
one Buzzard Tadham
One Skylark Tealham
Four Meadow Pipits Tealham
one Treecreeper Tadham opposite Kennels
Twenty Goldfinch Aller Moor
Two Stonechat Aller Moor + one Buzzard
32 Little Egrets this afternoon at Blakeway 20 + Herons ,Ravens heard but not seen at Aller.
Wednesday 20-02-2014 A quick visit to Tealham on a gloomy afternoon was cheered by a little Grebe fishing in the rhyne alongside the road ,four Skylark also noted, returning along Tadham road two Buzzards seen , flock of Little Egrets feeding west of Blakeway.
My first visit to Tealham for a while following a holiday. Plenty of water but the roads are clear. Thousands of Lapwing present and just one Ruff and 2 Golden Plover among them that I could see. Also a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk.
3 Dunlin and a single Ruff among Lapwing and Blk hdd Gulls beside the road between Heath house and the North Drain this morning.
The Tealham Moor Buzzard, a dark greyish brown nervous bird finally posed for the camera. photos on website .
At the Herony 35 /40 Herons took to the air when a Buzzard passed over ,an amazing sight, one Jay same location
London Drove, two G-c-Grebes in spring plumage gave a display of head shaking.
The Green fields have returned to Tealham, little sign of the floods the water having mostly gone as have the flock of Little Egrets and Lapwing.
A pair of Stonchat,Tealham.
One Buzzard at its usual spot busy worming.
London Drove ,Lake Hide.
Three buzzards soaring together, one was attacked by a Sparrow hawk.
One male Marsh Harrier.
A pair of Little Grebe passed in front of the Hide.
One Moorhen seen off by a Coot.
Pair of G-c-Grebe head shaking.
Ducks,Shoveler, Gadwall,Mallard and Tufted Duck. and some very noisy Canada geese
From the corner of the eye a Bittern? dropped into the reeds but not 100% sure.
Finally after two weeks of attempting to get some photos of the Skylarks on Tealham Moor persistence paid and the birds finally cooperated until a passing car sent them off.Seven L-Egrets feeding at the North Drain.
London Drove ,Lake Hide.
Marsh Harriers both Male and Female seen ,G-c-Grebes at two locations one passing Kingfisher but very little else exciting.
From the back of the "Lake hide" water a flock of 14 Great White Egrets flew up.On the Lake before 10acres.3 male and 1 female Gooseander.Juv.Marsh harrier made several passes.Several Cetti & Water Rail calling.1 Bittern fly over.All by 11am.
TEALHAM but more probably Mark Moor! Just west of Tealham continuing towards Mark for the last few days there has been a Black Swan with a few Mutes, on the south side of the road. Probably not direct from Australia! but worth a look in passing.
A bright and frosty start to the morning.
Tealham ,Jacks drove. two Skylarks feeding on tips of dew covered grass. Many Herons and Little Egrets scattered around the Moor feeding.
Lake Hide,London Drove. Two pair of G-c-Grebe.also a Grebe on private lake
Two kingfisher passes, One Great-s-Woodpecker, Marsh Harrier.Coots and one Moorhen.
London Drove .One G-c-Egret. Four female and two male Goosanders.pair of G-c-Grebe.
Monday 3-03-2014 A fine morning so a very quick look around.
Skylarks still present on Jacks Drove plus one Stonechat and a rather handsome Crow I even took a photo of this character.
Four different Buzzards identified ,one a golden brown with distinct barring across its chest it made a attack against a Heron hoping to rob the Heron of its catch.
London Drove .
Two Sparrow Hawks making a display flight and a little later a good view as one flew low over the drove.
Goosanders still present.
The Black Swan is still with a herd of Mutes on Mark Moor
Sunday 9/03/2014 a Beautiful morning on Daggs Drove Westhay Moor it seemed every bird had something to say to its neighbor ,Bitterns booming, Cettis calling Coots incessantly chattering , Kingfisher passed by, a long flight over the reed bed by a Bittern a good display by a G-c-Grebe,and for the first time in three years of watching the Empress of the Marshes a female Marsh Harrier deigned to approach the camera giving a picture opportunity the male bird was also present,but the prized catch of the morning was a female Sparrow Hawk, why do they have such evil looking eyes? three Herons in a formation flight that the Red Arrows would have been proud of , Ducks Geese and Reed Buntings also very active.departed at 10-30 having enjoyed the morning. Yesterday at home Peacock,Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell very active.A selection of photos on website.
Monday 17-03-2014 an overcast morning, on the way to visit Catcott Lows a female Marsh harrier was seen from Godwins peat works looking towards Canada Farm, at Catcott saw no Garganey, 21 Black-tailed-Godwits at the back of the reserve plus a few Lapwing,Duck numbers low, returning to Tealham a flock of Fieldfare around 25 birds in number flew from a tree , at Tadham 11 Little Egrets and a further 5 in an adjoining field ,the eleven birds were so intent in preening that they took no notice of my presence allowing some photos.What a magnificent sight to see them so close in breeding plumage.Two days ago I also noted a group of Treecreepers Four maybe five in some bushes.
Friday 21-03-2014 an early morning visit to Draggs Drove Westhay, the resident Male Marsh Harrier made a slow majestic pass in front of the viewing platform wonderful sight in perfect light,a lone Little Grebe, and a pair of G-c-Grebe swam past,one Moorhen, Bittern was booming but not seen, groups of Sand Martins appeared several times, Mallard and Greylag Geese made flypasts in front of the platform ,a free airshow for just two spectators.Left at 9.30.A half dozen Little Egrets fishing stranded small fish from the last of the flood waters on Tadham Moor.