Friday, 24 March 2017

Slimbridge Ending With Sunset

Date: 23/03/2017
Location: Slimbridge + Newton St Loe Patch
Weather: Starting Cloudy then Sunshine
Other Species: 
White Fronted Goose, Brent Goose, Garganey, Golden Plover, Oystercatcher.
Patch: 
Barn Owl, House Sparrow (Pair)

Observation: 
Went to Slimbridge with Robert today, mainly to go for the Garganey but always good at Slimbridge and my 54th visit! 
Straight into the South Hide to see if we could see Garganey but nothing spotted, so the Black-Tailed Godwit's kept us entertained with Avocet and Black-Headed Gulls screaming around the Lake.



Pochard's also looking stunning in the now bright spells.


With no sign of a threat from above, everything on Lake went skyward, great to see.


Wandered over to Holden Walkway dropping into the hides along the way. Wigeon in flight little else from first hide.



Lots a tree cutting going on but spotted 2 White Fronted Geese, hanging on I would think soon to depart.



From the Holden with the 120+ Barnacle Geese a Brent Goose, at least 1 new bird for my year list.


 After wandering around reserve checking out the captives we went to Zeiss Hide where a Spotted Redshank was spotted, bit far for me to even see so not countable but a Lecustic Greylag flew by. We left a headed to South Hide to check on Garganey.


The Garganey turnned up!! Mmmm.... well the captive one anyway.
Still a great looking duck.



From the South Hide as we approached it, lots of scopes coming out all saying the Garganey has just flown off! Typical but the Little Grebe was right in front Hide, nice!



Just about ready to leave and it did show distant but a Garganey! 
Job done, mission accomplished.


A very nice day was had, and 2 new year ticks. On getting home had a new visitor on my feeders a second House Sparrow a Pair!


On the piece of astro turf which is about a meter long which I've mount in tree had 
2 House Sparrow
2 Bullfinch 
2 Goldfinch
1 Blue Tit
1 Great Tit 
Not bad at all for a meter square.


Had a spare half hour after tea so went looking for our Barn Owl, saw it but not hunting like last year. I'll keep trying. Did see this Buzzard, in fact when it got dark he was still circling over Village.


Great watching the sun descend while watching for the Owl, Sun seemed huge.


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