Saturday, 26 November 2011

Chew-Chew dipped Dipper.

A visit to Chew Valley Lake near Bristol with Dave Johnson of the London Peregrine Partnership. Our target birds were; Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper and Long Billed Dowitcher. We were lucky enough to connect with all 3 of our targets. Notable birds at Chew Valley Lake were; Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Long Billed Dowitcher, Snipe, Black Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Pintail, Goosander, Bewick's Swan, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Common Gull.
We observed the Kingfisher trying to swallow a large fish it had caught, it first smacked the fish against the branch it was on numerous times, then attempted to swallow it without success. Then after a lot more battering of the fish it tried again this time successfully. We also visited the wonderfully named Wookey Hole in search of Dipper but drew a blank, we did note Grey Wagtail and Siskin.

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