Monday, 16 January 2017

A Wet Slimbridge and another Waxwing dip!

Date: 16th January 2017
Location: WWT Slimbridge
Weather: Cloudy, Low Cloud and Light Rain
Other Species: 115 Bewick Swan, Pochard, Pintail, Shelduck, Lapwing, Teal, Barnacle Goose, Buzzard, Kestrel, Rook, House Sparrow, Song Thrush, Wigeon, Bullfinch, Greater Black-Backed Gull, Reed Bunting, Mistle Thrush, 8 Common Crane, 58 Curlew, Redshank, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Cetti's Warbler, Dunlin, Herring Gull, Cormorant, Shoveler, Black-Tailed Godwit, Collared Dove - 51 Species Total

Observation: The weather looking pretty bad today, we headed to Slimbridge on the chance it may brighten up. On arrival, the Rushy was full with a total 16 species counted, including a count of 115 Bewick Swans.

We also spotted a single Redshank on the far island (too distant for any images).
A Lapwing having a good old preen in front of the hide.

Also got a slow-motion video here: Slow Motion - Lapwing

Visibility kept improving and then dropping, as you can see below.

A small group of Jackdaws were making a right racket outside the Holden Tower, but this pair stayed out the way.

No sign of the Water Rail from the Willow Hide today between 10.30-11.30.

The Martin Smith hide never seems to disappoint, today we had a count of 58 Curlew and 8 Common Crane along with plenty of other species.

This GPS tagged Bewick Swan 'UNN' was present on the Rushy on the return walk.

A single Peregrine Falcon was causing havoc on the Reserve today keeping all the waterbirds active!

We left Slimbridge at 1pm and headed for the 'reliable' Waxwings at Cheltenham. On arrival just after 1.30pm, there were no signs of any Waxwings and all berries from the Buildbase location had gone. We drove around the local estates and also onto Twickenham Road in the last hope but it resulted in another Waxwing dip, one day...

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