On Friday 14th January it was very frosty and cold with a bit of fog which we hoped would clear, so we set out for Somerset and RSPB Ham Wall. We left the dogs with a friend so we could both spend sometime in the hides where dogs aren’t allowed. By the time we got to Ham wall the fog had lifted to a light mist and was soon to become quite sunny at times.

It was very frosty as we walked towards the Avalon Hide and there was quite a lot of small bird activity, like a flock of Chiffchaffs in the vegetation by the path, very busy and very quick plus all the usuals. We stopped at the first viewing platform but it was not quite as busy as when we visited in December Boxing Day visit, a Great White Egret flew in and there was water bird activity in the distance.

View to Glastonbury Tor
View to Glastonbury Tor

We settled into the Avalon hide which is being used as a Barn Owl roost so you had to be careful of poo, carcasses and pellets! We spent a couple of hours there and there was plenty of activity. The Coots were squabbling, probably pairing up and plenty of waterfowl activity, but the stars were the Marsh Harriers, we saw four of them flying at a time, although not really close I was able to get some pictures of them and enjoy just watching them.

Marsh Harriers hunting
Marsh Harriers hunting

We decided to head back towards car park, on route we spotted a Heron along the rhyne clinging to the bank with his feet and still hunting. Before going back to the car park we decided to go to the Tor Hide, more water bird action on the path to and from the hide. A Great Crested Grebe which looked like a juvenile, we did see a Little Grebe at a distance various ducks before we headed back to the car.

After lunch we headed for Catcott

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