Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Monday, 26 January 2015

Slimbridge WWT (Part 4) Here Come the Cranes! - 25th January 2015


I last ticked Common Crane back in 2012, so I was keen to touch base with this fantastic bird. I was not to be disappointed, with seven magnificent Cranes on the Tack Piece! Their bugle like calls are so atmospheric and raised the spirits on a darkening day.

















Slimbridge WWT (Part 3) WATER RAIL - 25th January 2015


Delightful Birds!





Slimbridge WWT (Part 2) - 25th January 2015

Drake Pintail

I am starting to become a "man of few words"! This part two of my Slimbridge posts are images of some of my favourite ducks from "the wild side"!

Pintail







Drake Shelduck



Drake Teal



Drake Pochard











Drake Tufted Duck


Shoveler




Slimbridge WWT - 25th January 2015

Bewicks Swan

An excellent day was spent at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in the company of members of the RSPB Coventry & Warwickshire group. It was my first "birding" visit to this excellent reserve, previous visits were more concentrated on the "captive" area, when Abigail was still in her pushchair! I was well impressed with the "wild" areas, amassing sixty four bird species with c twenty year ticks!

Bewicks Swan Portraits






Couldn't resist these Scaup, but unable to tick!






Todays Sightings:

Mute Swan; Bewicks Swan; White Fronted Goose; Grey Lag Goose; Canada Goose; Barnacle Goose; Shelduck; Mallard; Gadwall; Pintail; Shoveler; Wigeon; Teal; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Cormorant; Little Egret; Grey Heron; Marsh Harrier; Buzzard; Sparrowhawk; Peregrine; Water Rail; Moorhen; Coot; Crane; Oystercatcher; Golden Plover; Lapwing; Dunlin; Little Stint; Redshank; Black Tailed Godwit; Curlew; Ruff; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull; Herring Gull; LBB Gull; GBB Gull; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Pied Wagtail; Dunnock; Robin; Song Thrush; Fieldfare; Blackbird; Wren; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Magpie; Jackdaw; Rook; Raven; Carrion Crow; Starling; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Reed Bunting.