Setting Off From Sandwell valley

Sunday, 21 March 2010

The Perfect family! Chew valley Sunday 21st March 2010

I've met them. The perfect family. A family of wonderful, enthusiastic birders with Mum and Dad, Helena and Chris together with a most brilliant 7 year old with a life list of 350, a year list of 324 for 2009 and notebooks that tell of her adventures. Well done Mya-Rose! You're an angel and to run Lee Evans so close last year was fabulous. Have a look on surfbirds for 2009 and you'll see what I mean.

Met Chris at Chew Valley today, whilst spending hours waiting for yesterday's ferruginous duck to show - it didn't. Swallow [159] did though with over 100 sand martins, and an adult kittiwake.

Yesterday had been at Shapwick, as the day before, and saw the long-tailed duck, a female smew, the 3 glossy ibis, 2 great white egrets, a bittern [heard more booming] and 8 whooper swans, with a black swan. Actually although most of these birds were seen on Shapwick nature reserve, one great white egret was at Sharpham. So another RSPB reserve seen and memories of last year's little bittern seen so well and heard even better.

Had visited West Sedgemoor RSPB reserve afetr Greylake and was surprised to find that most of it was a deciduous oak woodland. Great views of nesting herons.

OK - time for bed.

All the best everyone.

Chew Valley again tomorrow. Another attempt at the fudge duck. Then on towards Bristol and beyond.

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