Saturday, 2 March 2013

Hamming it Up the Wall

A week later than planned Paul and myself headed down to RSPB Ham Wall in Somerset. We made good time on the drive down, arriving at the reserve about 08:30. Out target bird was the long staying Pied-billed Grebe. A new bird for both of us. We headed off towards the "second viewing platform". On route a Kingfisher flashed past. Numerous Cetti's Warbler burst into song. A Bittern was also heard "booming". We made a brief stop at the "first viewing platform" where a Great-white Egret showed well. Then a decent walk to the "second viewing platform". Here we were soon onto the Pied-billed Grebe. Although distant we had good scope views and as a bonus it called and displayed on a couple of occasions.

On our way back home we decided to take a slight detour to Thursley Common in Surrey. Very quiet here but we did manage to locate the over wintering Great-grey Shrike.

Paul's Pics below.

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