Monday, 6 February 2017

Another Visit to Slimbridge...

Date: 6th February 2017
Location: WWT Slimbridge
Weather: Cloudy, Overcast, Light Rain Showers
Other Species: Bewick Swan, White Fronted Goose, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Common Crane, Lapwing, Black-Tailed Godwit, Linnet, Song Thrush, Wren, Dunnock, Teal, Curlew, Wigeon, Cetti's Warbler, Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, Skylark - Of Note

Observation: After recent sightings of the Lapland Bunting and Goshawk at Slimbridge, we headed off early in the fog hoping for views of these. On arrival, the Rushy was full of wildfowl including Bewick Swans, Teal and Pochard. We spotted Widemouth (TUV ring) where she has wintered yearly at Slimbridge since 1999/2000.

Onto the Martin Smith hide, the waders on the Tack Piece were very mobile all day long.

Plenty of Golden Plover and Lapwing present this morning along with at least 4 White-Fronted Geese.

With the mobile wader flocks, a small flock of approx 30-40 birds were also spotted, we think Linnet... The poor light didn't help us today!

The Knott Hide never seems to disappoint, with a very showy Wren and this stunning Song Thrush doing very well catching worms.

The resident Otter's enjoyed having a bit of a play and a good old scratch today!

The Robbie Garnet Hide and Willow Hide had a few things to photograph, although the Tack Piece was the best to view.

 Wayne spotted a Cetti's Warbler's singing from Stephen Kirk Hide showing very well until it was chased off by another Cetti's.

 From the Holden Tower, the group of 60+ Barnacle Geese were closer in, happily feeding, no sign of the Lapland Bunting on the second visit, but 10 Skylark and some Meadow Pipit were present on the shoreline to the first pool.

 With the rain starting and the light fading we headed back to the Rushy for some last pictures, with the wader flocks still very mobile, it gave us plenty of opportunity's for flight shots!

On the return back home, we stopped off at Sharpness Docks in the hope of seeing the long-staying Black Redstart's. After a good search for about 20 minutes there was no sign so we headed home.

For now I am stuck on 99 for my life list and Wayne is speeding ahead on 119.

Hoping for some sunshine soon!

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