We were informed that a count had recently been taken of the Heron nests, 77 being the total number of nests though normally 100+ would be the average count. Good views were had of the chicks as their parents returned to the nest with food. A few of the adults were bill clapping, it reminded me of hearing White Storks in Portugal doing the same thing but the Storks were much louder!
Next stop was RSPB Greylake, Reed Bunting, Lapwing, Coot, Mallard, Mute Swan and Little Egret x3 were the highlight and practically the only birds seen on a short visit. A 'loop' walk around the reed beds in search of Bearded Tits was fruitless though with the wind blowing as it was it was hardly surprising.
RSPB Ham Wall NR was a real treat today as the sun was shining and the birds were in full voice. Reed, Sedge and Grasshopper Warbler were heard only. Willow and Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap were seen and heard, great to see the Summer migrants back!
Bittern x3 in flight and Bitterns booming throughout the day were a sheer delight to see and also to hear their booming which could be heard from what seemed to be several areas around the reserve! A Great White Egret also Marsh Harrier x3 were seen in flight and to witness a pair of Marsh Harriers performing a food pass was a bonus! Hobby x2, Garganey, Common Sandpiper were also good to see though the main attraction for a lot of the birders present was the Pied-billed Grebe, I heard it call once but did not see it! No matter as I had had a great walk around Ham Wall and had some delightful sightings and heard some delightful calls and song. Late morning from the car park I spotted a Red Kite over the reserve, another delightful bird to see.
Several Brimstone and Peacock Butterflies put in fleeting appearances when the sun shone over the weekend .
On the way home a drive through Cheddar Gorge was made having not visited here before and wasn't it an eye opener! The heights of the cliff faces are mind blowing. One of the car pull-in places had been partly cordoned off due to a land slide, this was a little unnerving to say the least! The caves I will leave for others to explore as they really do not appeal to me.
It seemed quite surreal driving through the Gorge after a weekend on the Somerset 'Levels'!
All in all it was a super weekend in a most delightful County!