Saturday 06 October – Blagdon Lake Leader Nigel Milbourne

It was a wet, breezy and cold morning starting at 8°C. Not surprisingly we were a small group of five members.
We took the cars along the south shore stopping at various points and ending at the hide. Duck numbers were
building nicely and we saw 41 Pintail, many Teal, some Wigeon plus Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Gadwall and
Shoveler. The population of Great White Egrets is increasing with twelve seen with many Grey Herons. Coots,
Moorhens and a few Great Crested Grebes, one with a large fish, added to the variety. Waders were scarce but a
Greenshank, Snipe and a Black-tailed Godwit were seen. The only passerines were Robin, Wren and some
Wagtails and Meadow Pipits. In spite of the weather it was an enjoyable meeting. Thanks to Nigel Milbourne for
leading. John & Sue Prince