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Old Monday 29th December 2008, 14:44   #26
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I'm going to be in Somerset for a couple of days (Tue/Wed/Thu) this week, staying near Wedmore.

Are there any Bitterns about and showing reasonably well?

Is there anything interesting on Cheddar Reservoir at the moment or any Smew anywhere maybe?
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Old Monday 29th December 2008, 15:08   #27
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I'm going to be in Somerset for a couple of days (Tue/Wed/Thu) this week, staying near Wedmore.

Are there any Bitterns about and showing reasonably well?

Is there anything interesting on Cheddar Reservoir at the moment or any Smew anywhere maybe?
At least one Blacknecked Grebe at Cheddar yesterday.
Will be over there myself tomorrow.
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Old Monday 29th December 2008, 16:03   #28
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At least one Blacknecked Grebe at Cheddar yesterday.
Cheers Stranger.

Got four of those at Blashford near home.

Any Short-eared Owls anywhere close by?
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Cheers Stranger.

Got four of those at Blashford near home.

Any Short-eared Owls anywhere close by?
Have a look at the Severnside Birding website,I believe that Aust Wharf is a reliable site for them
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Old Monday 29th December 2008, 22:44   #30
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Have a look at the Severnside Birding website,I believe that Aust Wharf is a reliable site for them
OK Thanks for that: found Aust Wharf but not sure if I want to go that far from base, we might just make do with the local Barn Owls.

Say Hi if you see us at Cheddar, I'll be the bloke with the wife hobbling along a few yards behind.
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Hi all

I am coming down to my visit my folks in a weeks time (26th-30th) and I am trying to plan a few days out with my dad to bag a few 'bits and bobs'

The snowy owl in Cornwall is already in our sights but I am interested in looking for the cattle egrets, starlings, bittern and the bustard (I know it is released but it would be nice to see!). If anyone can help out with any information on these or anything else, I would be most grateful.

If you don't want to broadcast with info, feel free to send me a private message.

Many thanks for your help

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Old Sunday 18th January 2009, 13:28   #32
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Check out the SOS Bird news forum at http://pub13.bravenet.com/forum/1065729998 on http://www.somersetbirds.net.
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Old Sunday 18th January 2009, 16:26   #33
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If you go down for the Snowy Owl there is a wintering Bittern at Long Rock Pool, Marazion. I watched it fly from the reeds on the south side across the pool and then over the road in to the main reed bed at 16.50 on Tuesday. Today there were two Cattle Egrets near the church at Powderham near Exeter. Best of luck. Roger
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Old Saturday 24th January 2009, 13:41   #34
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Shapwick Egret!!!

Hi all you somerset lot,
Myself and Partimer Travelled up from North Devon yesterday and spent the day in your neck of the woods had a good day at shapwick,
With plenty of good birds,
Highlights were Siskin, Goldeneye and a Great Egret at far side of the pool pool viewed from Noahs hide along with greta views of otters about 10 feet away below thw same hide,
I cant believe with such a great local area with great birds not more of you post here on the forum,
I had 3 lifers metioned above. Happy days


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Old Saturday 24th January 2009, 19:52   #35
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Hi all you somerset lot,
Myself and Partimer Travelled up from North Devon yesterday and spent the day in your neck of the woods had a good day at shapwick,
With plenty of good birds,
Highlights were Siskin, Goldeneye and a Great Egret at far side of the pool pool viewed from Noahs hide along with greta views of otters about 10 feet away below thw same hide,
I cant believe with such a great local area with great birds not more of you post here on the forum,
I had 3 lifers metioned above. Happy days


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Darryl,

Shame on us 'Somerset Birders'

Takes a Devon guy (and believe me Darryl has lot's to visit at home) to give us a push...please help by contributing to our local patch.

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Old Sunday 25th January 2009, 22:07   #36
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HI all
I can only agree with Daryl (Greysands Boy) we had a great day on your patch and what a patch. Only wish we had those facilities in North Devon.

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I might be in somerset next week, is the GWegret at shapwick still showing well ?
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Old Monday 26th January 2009, 16:40   #38
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I cant believe with such a great local area with great birds not more of you post here on the forum,
Surprised me too - then I found the S.O.S. website. News, sites, the works.. very impressive!
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I might be in somerset next week, is the GWegret at shapwick still showing well ?
Noahs hide seems to be the best spot to see it at the moment.
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Somerset visit

Had a good visit home last week so thanks to those who pointed me in the right direction for information.

Spent a pleasent day on the Levels on Wednesday and visited some old haunts. Hadn't been out that way for a while to nice to see the new parking facilities at Ashcott Corner and the viewing area at Ham Wall.

Highlights included great views of the GW egret and 2 bitterns from the Ham Wall viewing area and 11 water pipits in the cut reeds behind. 7 whooper swans, the egret again and 2 otters (only the 3rd time I have seen one) from the Noah's lake hide. The cattle egret was still in Sharpham Park and I couldn't resist a look at the bustards (impressive birds). It was also nice to see plenty of common buzzard and a few ravens around the place.

My parents garden feeders have attracted over 20 species so far this year including 10 brambling, 7 lesser and 1 mealy redpoll last week.

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Old Monday 16th February 2009, 18:08   #41
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Hi can anyone advise me the best place to park at the moment for the starling roost, or any other gems of info? I am coming from Essex for the day on Wednesday and would really welcome some local knowledge. The starling hotline suggested parking at Peat Moors, but so often I have been told by a visitors centre to park miles away from something only to be told by a local birder that there is much closer parking.

I would also welcome any local knowledge regarding good places to spend the day in the area. We are planning to start at Greylake RSPB at the moment as we read there is a good selection of raptors first thing. Any comments will be welcomed.

Cheers!

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Hi Runeston
Westhay,catcott lows,canada farm,mear heath, Ham wall and shapwick and are all easily accessed from Greylake.
check out the SOS website for up to date info on the starling roost.
If at Shapwick,mear heath or Ham wall park at Ashcott corner.
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which week in may will hobby numbers max at meare heath?
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which week in may will hobby numbers max at meare heath?
28 Hobbies in the air over Noahs hide earlier this week,max numbers seem to peak toward the end of May.
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48 in the air on 4 May at mid day. How many do you want?. Roger
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68 in the air today. Roger
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do these hobbies roost in grps or go their own way?

i assume they are feeding on insects, or birds too?
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I'm lucky if I see that many during the whole year.
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Old Sunday 17th May 2009, 16:34   #49
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Best thing I've seen for ages

We drove over Tealham Moor yesterday, and in a very quick trip saw half a dozen Lapwings, with plenty of display going on, and a Redshank down in a ditch. Fantastic. Ten years ago there were no breeding waders at all on this moor. Twenty-five years ago there were plenty (including Snipe).

Well done the STNC (or whoever) Brilliant.
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Hi there,

I'm trying to find out which Counties still use the Watsonian Vice County system to record birds in and which go by whatever the political boundary may change to (and why).

The Watsonian Vice County system was set to accurately record and compare historical and modern data and it seems that there can be/is confusion when some counties no longer use this system whilst others do. Does anyone in your county have a view on this ? Discussion here if anyone has a comment:

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=142074

ps this is not about getting more or less county ticks, more a question about uniformity in recording.

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