Day 2, Wednesday, saw a very dull and damp start. We started by going to RSPB Swell Wood, little knowing that Springwatch had done a feature on the Herons there, earlier in the spring. Swell Wood is a cracking little place with the woodland hide only 60m or so from the car park. We settled in for a coffee and watched the Heron and Little Egret activity up on the nests.
A nice moment was had when a family came in and we let them use our scope and binoculars to get good views of the nesting birds, lets hope it fires their interest.
The car park is also productive as there are quite a few feeders dotted around, the main visitors were Chaffinch, Blue & Great Tits, but with appearances by Nuthatch and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, always nice to see close up.
After Swell Woods we drove on up to RSPB Greylake and spent some time there, again there were feeders and feeding tables next to the car park, immediatley giving us Reed Bunting and Goldfinch.
As happens a lot of times, you sit down in a hide and think there's nothing there, but when you give it time (and a coffee) things begin to reveal themselves.
Now on to Shapwick Heath NNR, this took us much longer to get to that the 10 mins or so the sat nav said as one of the roads was closed just south of the reserves so we had to go a long way around.
Once there we wanted to check out the new tower hide at Shapwick, we were really impressed, with curved sides it gave excellent views across the water and the reed beds, I have to say though it was freezing! The wind blew straight through with all the windows open and it wasn't warm to start with that day. But we put up with it.
We had some great Marsh Harrier sightings here again without banging on too much just wish the light had been better, but I did get some photos,
Some distant Black-tailed Godwit,