Because the Meare Heath Scrape first page is full this continues from where it finished (moderator)
Pretty quiet damp morning (Mon). 2 Greenshank; 3 Ruff; 50 Blk wits; similar no of Lapwing, with a few Snipe showing.
Noah's had 1 Black Tern; 1 Common Tern. noticeable increase in Wigeon well spread out. 2 Bitterns and a Hobby plus 2 Marsh Harriers.
I caught up with the Glossy Ibis at mid day about 250 Metres east of the new footbridge beyond VP1 on Ham Wall. I viewed it from the lower path on the north side of the canal, but unless you are lucky and it flies its mostly out of sight.
6 black terns this eve, along with the common tern.
20 Blk Wits; 2 Ruff; 2 Greenshank ; 1 Greensand; Juv Water Rail; were only birds of note on the scrape mid p.m.: There were 2 Common and 4 Black Terns on Noah's at 1600hrs but up to 7 had been reported present ealier
3 Knot; 2 Ruff; 2 Greenshank; 1 Greensand; 50+ Blk Wits and a few Snipe on he scrape tthis morning; No Terns visible on Noah's from the main path!
Lunchtime trip to Tor View hide Ham wall produced a flyby W to E of 6 Black Terns.
A Morning survey on Shapwick Heath saw Bearded Tits on Meare Heath, 70 Acres and the approach to Decoy hide; the counts are not yet coordinated but probably around 30-40 birds in total
6 juv Black Terns appeared over Noah's Lake at c.14:30hrs, but only stayed 20 mins. Total of 3 Grt White Egrets, 2 on Noah's and 1 on the Scrape. A Hobby at both locns and 4 Ruff on the Scrape on my return walk.
Early afternoon visit today to the scrape yielded 3 Green Sands, 4 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, the usual godwit flock, 20+ Snipe, Bittern, 10+ Common Buzzards overhead and a hobby.
On Noah's Lake 6 Black Terns, Kingfisher and a further 2 Hobbies, including 1 juvenile bird.
Yesterday - Sat 19th - the scrape contained 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpipers, 4 Ruff, around 130 Blackwits, & 50 odd Snipe. There were also 2 GWE's and an immature Marsh Harrier.
Just after the fog cleared at 0930 around 30 Bearded Tits (Reedlings) entertained those present in the area of the two benches "pinging" & flitting around the reedbeds on both sides of the track - probably the best & most prolonged views of this species in over 25 years of birding on the levels. Hopefully they've now finally colonised the reedbeds?
There were still 2 Black Terns on Noah's, another GWE in flight and another immature Marsh Harrier.
On Ham Wall/Loxton's/Walton, another two GWE's, a showy Bittern from Tor View Hide and 2 Marsh Harriers: an adult female and a sub-adult male. No sign of anything more exotic though!
Some photos of a Chiffchaff and a GS Woodpecker taken at Shapwick Moor yesterday on my flickr site :-
4 x Ruff 2 x Green Sandpipers lots of Snipe and Lapwing...
Several Bearded Tits in the right hand near corner..
Outstanding moment was when I saw a Perigrine take a Kingfisher, brutal but amazing sight...
We visited yesterday afternoon, Great White Egret, Dunlin with plenty of Lapwing, Wigeon and Teal on the Scrape.
Ham Wall - the new footpath by VP2, we seen the Glossy Ibis, along with the Marsh Harrier (Female) which caused havoc flushing all the birds including the Glossy, it was chased, but Glossy got away and we couldn't relocate. The Marsh Harrier even stopped for a drink in the pool, where birds didn't seem too worried when it was landing, strange!
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After a week when Godwits have been notable by their absence 240 Blk Wits were present on the scrape today, with half a dozen Snipe (visible) and 50 lapwing, the only other waders present.
Made a count of the Black-t Godwits late afternoon and got up to 276, also 2 Green Sandpipers.