19th May 2013 - Ham Wall

The second morning of our visit to Somerset, we went on the 'Mr Boombastic Dawn Chorus Walk' at Ham Wall RSPB reserve.  As you may have guessed from the title, this walk was mainly looking for Bittern, and Bittern did we see!  We had many great views of individual Bittern flying high in the sky (I've only ever seen them swooping from reeds to reeds before), but we had an amazing sight of three flying together.  Terrific!  The guides were excellent and I'd thoroughly recommend going on a walk with them again.

We had an unexpected sighting of a Kingfisher as one of the first birds of the day, with a Chiffchaff happily chiffchaffing away behind us.  There were a few Little Egret around and quite a few Reed Warbler, although I didn't see any Sedge Warbler.  A Great White Egret was spotted flying across the back of the reserve and setting down over there and a Garganey did a quick fly past!

Trip list: 42
Year list: 157
Lifers of year list: 17

Kingfisher

Goldfinch

Bittern flypast

Three Bittern!

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