A Very Wet Water Park

Waking up to a wet and miserable morning I wondered if my planned trip to the Water Park would happen. Fortunately the weather improved mid-morning so I headed out. First stop was Eysey where there was a lot of water but not a lot of variety in the birds seen. North Meadow was also quiet with mainly Black-headed Gulls on and around the floods. A walk along the old railway path to 201A came up trumps with six Curlew and a Great White Egret. Also seen here was my first Fieldfare of the season and a Buzzard which obliginly stayed long enough for me to get a photo. Then it was onto Twitchers from where I got eight species of duck including male Goldeneye and Pintail. While eating my lunch I finally managed to see the Marsh Harrier that has eluded me all year which was a great result.A couple of Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were also good to see. My final stop was at Waterhay where I added Snipe, Redwing and Moorhen to the day-list which ended up on forty-six. There is certainly a lot of water around so wellies are pretty well essential if you want to go far from the car anywhere in the park.

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