Tuesday 25 February – Greylake RSPB Reserve Leader: Mark Watson

On a bright but showery and blustery morning, twelve members gathered for a walk around the RSPB reserve. In the car park we saw Dunnock, Chaffinch, Blue Tit and Reed Bunting and a Kestrel overhead followed by a Great White Egret. We set off around the reed beds towards King’s Sedgemoor Drain and heard but did not see several more Reed Buntings. Moving along the drain a Water Rail was heard, a male Stonechat perched on a thistle on the bank of the drain, and a Cormorant flew over. In the distance a huge mixed flock of Golden Plovers and Lapwings swirled in the sky as well as a Marsh Harrier over the pools and five Pintail. A few Black-tailed Godwits were feeding at the edge of the pools. At the end of track the view point gave a closer view of the Golden Plovers and Lapwings along with numerous duck including Shoveller, Mallard, Gadwall, Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Teal. We then moved on to the hides for a close up view of the ducks as well as Little Egrets. A pair of Marsh Harriers again came in to view and almost in front of the hide four Snipe were wading amongst clumps of reeds. Whilst a few of the group were finishing their lunch in the hide we were very fortunate to get good views of a male Hen Harrier along the edge of the reserve near the hide. In all we saw 36 species. (Thanks for leading, Mark – Ed.) Mark Watson