Sunday 26 November – Somerset Levels Leader: Nick Page

Six of us met in the RSPB car park for the Club walk. It was well timed, between all the rain and floods and then the cold, allowing us to enjoy a lovely stroll around Ham Wall. A Firecrest was seen right next to car park which didn’t linger until the walk started properly, but we had excellent looks at another later – such a great little bird. We quickly picked up Redwing, Fieldfare and a Great White Egret, before Snipe, grebes and diving ducks at the first viewing platform. The next part along the main path was fantastic with the Firecrest, Goldcrests, Chiffchaff, before we picked up a large flock of finches. There were at least 40 birds, mostly Lesser Redpolls, which gave great views, and some Siskin and Goldfinches. We had seen Marsh Harriers all morning, but as we were heading back, we saw at least seven in the air together – such a great sight. On the way we saw the flock of finches again – the Redpoll were so quiet that they really took some spotting. As we arrived back to the first viewing platform, a Glossy Ibis decided to drop in – a lovely end to a great walk. A total of 58 species was seen. Thanks to those that came along – lots of great company amongst the excellent birds (and thanks to Nick for leading). Nick Page