Bird species count at Blagdon Lake Somerset

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.

Path around Blagdon Lake

Path around the lake

Reed beds

Great crested grebe

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