Saturday, 27 April 2013

Ticks for the year list and snakes...

A great day on the Somerset Levels today with biting wind and blazing sunshine.

What's not to love...?
Wonderful old tussock sedge

Its been a slow start for most of us this year, but our bird list was pretty good:
  • swift, housemartin, swallow
  • willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, whitethroat and sedge (?) warblers
  • cuckoo, waterrail and bittern calling
  • several marsh harriers and numerous hobbies.
Grainy marsh harrier


To cap it all we also saw a pair of black winged stilts - the first time I've seen them in the UK.  That's a great haul to kick of summer birds species.  We dipped out on a  few others but its good to leave something for next time!


The bright green of the new spring leaves and yellow pussy willow means that ti is also time for the reptiles. 

Adder and slow-worms were in evidence in their usual secret places.


And finally...

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