A day out today with my mates Ken and Andy and our destination was Somerset to look for a male Lesser Scaup at Blagdon Lake that has been on show there for quite a while but we picked the day when it was nowhere to be seen and that just about sums it up for us this year !
But while we were there we saw numerous Tufted Duck , a few Great Crested Grebe , 2 Little Grebe , a Great White Egret , a Tawny Owl that was heard calling from a stand of trees and a few Common Sand Martin were feeding over the lake and also seen was a Muntjac Deer .
We then went to a private site where we saw a couple of Eurasian Tree Sparrow and I still find it strange that you can come to the next county and see these birds but it is a very rare bird in Devon and in fact I have never been able to see one and that's after 34 years of birding .
Our last stop was at Shapwick Heath where we walked up to Noah`s Lake where we saw another Great White Egret , a Glossy Ibis and an adult Little Gull and on the walk back to the car there was a fly over Western Marsh Harrier .
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