Trip reports

FIELD TRIP - Slimbridge WWT

FIELD TRIP - Slimbridge WWT
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Thursday, 16 January 2020

RSPB field trip to Slimbridge on 12th January 2020

15 members met in the car park on a sunny day after early morning showers. A song thrush was seen and heard nearby. Taking the usual route we stopped at the Peng observatory to view a number of Bewick swans including the well known identified family of "Turlough and Turlac" with four well grown cygnets as well as a family of Mute swans. Other birds included Mallards, Coots, Lapwings, Pintails, Pochards, and Tufted ducks with Pied Wagtails flitting about. At the Martin Smith hide Little Egret, Teal and a few Snipe were seen. Lots of birds were out on the Tack Piece including Redshank, Shovelers, Wigeon and Ruff, including two smart white headed males. At the Willow hide at least two Water Rails were showing well throughout the day whilst under the feeders Pheasant, Dunnock, Blue Tits, Great Tits, House Sparrows, Robin and Blackbirds were seen.

At the recently built Estuary Tower, a new hide for most people, overlooking the Dumbles towards the River Severn, a Peregrine was spotted in the distance. Also seen were Barnacle, Canada and Greylag Geese, Curlews, Golden Plovers, Great Black Backed Gulls and Shelducks. In the distance to the north of the Tack Piece a pair of White Fronted Geese were seen. A late afternoon return to this hide also yielded distant views of Pink footed Geese and even a single Bar Headed Goose. From the South hide a single Cattle Egret was seen, the highlight of the trip for many of us. There were also Cormorants, Black Headed gulls, Lesser Black Backed gulls, Oyster Catcher, many Black Tailed Godwits and five sleeping Avocets. A few Snipe were seen from the Zeiss Hide and Gadwall at the Kingfisher Hide. On route to the Hogarth hide Goldcrests were heard and seen together with Goldfinches and Chaffinches feeding in the Alder trees. All the usual Corvids were seen around the reserve as well as Wood Pigeons, Feral Pigeons and Collared Doves. It had been a very pleasant day out, weather wise and for bird watching. The total bird group count came to 65 Species.
Pauline Robinson