Saturday, 27 July 2013

Ham Wall, again... (26th July)

Yet another failed attempt at connecting with the Ham Wall Little Bitterns.  However, my brother and I did see 2 GREAT WHITE EGRETS (belonging to the local population).

Great White Egret

The usual array of wetland species were also on show including 2 Kingfishers, 2 Snipe, 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpipers and a male Ruff moulting out of its summer plumage.  A Water Rail was also squealing in the reedbed and 3 Marsh Harriers also showed well.  We also heard Bearded Tit and Cetti's Warbler.

Butterflies were also numerous on the wing and included Peacocks, Large Whites and Gatekeepers.

Before leaving for Ham Wall I had a wander around the local area and was surprised to hear a male Tawny Owl give a single "hooooo ho-ho-ho" call at 12:54.  A male Broad-bodied Chaser was also by the pond and the group of Small Whites and Green-veined Whites were feeding on the muddy edges of the neighbouring pond.

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