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October  2013

Berkeley, Blagdon, Chew 7th October 2013

We went to Berkeley to see the Wryneck at the end of the sea wall. It was feeding near the gate at the end and kept going in and out of the grass. It then came down the path towards us slightly. When some dog walkers came past, it flew into the tree. It soon came back out to forage on the ground. The Wryneck was very obliging and was within a couple of metres from where we were standing. After a long while mooching in and out of the grass tussocks, it flew on to the fence  and then back to the tree. We decided that this would be a good time to leave, as Nan was in the car and we wanted to go to Chew. We just started to walk back to the car when suddenly the Wryneck flew in front of us and landed on the fence. Then it landed on the ground to start feeding blocking our path back to the car. The other people that had been watching the bird as well were still looking for it at the top of the path, so Dad went up to tell them that it was down here. Some more birdwatchers came down the path towards us and they could see us all looking at the Wryneck, so stopped to look from where they were. Of course, the problem now was, how do we get back to the car without disturbing the bird. We couldn’t go back along the path. We had to climb over the fence and walk along the field and get back on the path when we were past the Wryneck. Along the seawall we saw a Wheatear on migration back to Africa.



We went to Blagdon Lake to look for the Glossy Ibis which we didn't see last time.  We saw it feeding in one of bays and it walked past a Grey Heron which was a good comparison. The Ibis was a juvenile. After a while the bird took off and flew to roost at Top End.  The Black Swan that had been present for a couple of weeks was feeding with some Mute Swans. It is slightly smaller than a Mute Swan.  Finally we ended the day at Heron's Green Bay, Chew where the Grey Heron and some Little Egrets were looking in the water at something. There was a Grass Snake in between the Heron and the Egrets. We wondered if the birds would attack it, but they seemed slightly scared of it and just watched it as it swam very quickly across the lake and out of their reach. That was something I’d never seen!


Wryneck

Wryneck

Wheatear [Female]

Glossy Ibis


Grey Heron, Little Egrets and Grass Snake