Blagdon lake is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and attracts large numbers of birds throughout the year. It’s also well kown for trout fishing but Chris and his fishing pal drew a blank this weekend I’m afraid. There’s a path around most of the lake and it’s great for bird watching and walking and just enjoying the fabulous countryside.
I managed a species count of twenty seven but missed some I’m sure that were flitting too fast through the leaves and undergrowth to allow me to get a good look. Still not good at recognising bird song – especially the warblers. It was easier to identify the water birds. I was told that the Great Crested Grebes were displaying but they didn’t perform for me.
Along with the usual suspects I saw: heron, coot, cormerant, great crested grebe, pochard, tufted duck, ruddy duck ( a treat) , mute swan, cuckoo ( heard only), chiffchaff ( heard only), long tailed tit, buzzard, great spotted woodpecker and lots of swifts.
Other species that frequent the lake include: sparrowhawk, passage osprey and goshawk, canada geese, gadwall, shoveler and little grebe.
For info best to google Blagdon Lake.