Sunday, 12 February 2012
Somerset Levels. 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th February 2012.
2nd Feb. A detour to WWT Slimbridge for a short visit was made before heading onwards to the B&B in Glastonbury and a couple of days birding on the Somerset Levels. I was surprised how many cars were on the car park being a weekday and on such a cold day. A lot of people must have been around the 'Collection' area (or keeping warm in the restaurant) as it was fairly quiet along the pathways to and in the hides. On the way to the Rushy Hide the Wildfowl took flight but whatever set them up was not spotted, it was so cold (cold being an understatement) when looking through the hide windows that it literally made your eyes water! Highlight birds on and around the water were Pintail, Shelduck, Teal, Greylag and Canada Geese,Shoveler and the delightful Bewick's Swans, such a graceful looking Swan. Viewing from the Martin Smith hide there were good numbers of White-fronted Geese and Barnacle Geese, though distant good scope views were had of them as it was such a clear day. Lapwing, Wigeon and Teal were also viewed here in great numbers but I did not see any Golden Plovers which was a little disappointing as I had been looking forward to seeing at least a couple.lol! From the Holden Tower we could again see the Geese and on a grassy bank at the side of the hide were 100,s of Wigeon. A Peregrine flew to what we were told is it's favourite perching tree, a very nice sighting of it in flight! There was not enough time to walk to the remaining hides but there is always another day to enjoy this splendid reserve.