Thornbury

Slimbridge 2019

Bird Watching visit to WWT Slimbridge. 11th November 2019
On a chilly but fine morning 10 members met at the Leisure Centre and drove to Slimbridge where we were joined by 6 others. We went initially to the Peng Observatory where we were joined by Nigel, one of the Slimbridge volunteers. From there we could see plenty of ducks, shelducks, tufted ducks and pochard. A group of pintails were resting in one corner. One strangely marked tufted duck caused some head scratching. From there we went on to the Willow Hide where some people were lucky enough to see a water rail and nearby a redwing. We had a lovely view of a flock of golden plover both resting and in flight from the Robbie Garnet hide. Next we went to the South Lake Discovery Hide which was a bit disappointing because there were no waders on the lake only a few snipes hiding in the margins. But there were plenty of shovellers, gadwall and other ducks.
After a short time we moved on to the Zeiss Hide. From there we would see a huge group of waders which included Knot, redshanks and black-tailed godwits. Through the scope we could see pink-footed and white-fronted geese.
By now the wind had got quite strong. There was not much to be seen from the Kingfisher Hide so we returned to the South Lake where some people saw a curlew and a bit later a small flock of dunlin flew in. One eagle-eyed member spotted a group of skylarks.
We went home having enjoyed a pleasing variety of birds.
Birds seen.

Moorhen Black-backed Gull Mallard jackdaw
Shelduck Tufted Duck Pochard Coot
Greylag Buzzard Lapwing Canada Goose
Mute Swan Pintail Teal Wood Pigeon
House Sparrow Blue Tit Blackbird Chaffinch
Wigeon Golden Plover Water Rail Redwing
Gold finch Robin Great Tit Pheasant
Shoveller Cormorant Gadwall Snipe
Skylark Knot Black-tailed Godwit Redshank
Peregrine Heron Pink-footed Goose Crow
White-fronted Goose Herring Gull Dunlin Rook
Curlew Pied Wagtail Long-tailed Tit

47 species
Goldie