Friday, 12 January 2018
We left Somerset with clear skies (though dark) and the promise of a fine clear day at Slimbridge. Unfortunately this was not to be. We reached Slimbridge at 8:15 to thick fog and it did not clear until about 1pm and then for only about an hour! Visibility from all hides was very limited and the birds looked like mere ghosts through the fog. The tack piece had loads of birds on it and you could just about make out the ghostly white shapes of a good numbers of Bewicks and others. The calls of the Bewicks, Teal and Wigeon sounded pleasantly haunting and eerie through the fog and a bit annoying wondering what was out there!
Just for about an hour the sun broke out during our second visit to the Tack Piece area. At long last we could see some birds and amongst those from the Haldon Tower a flock of White fronted Geese, Barnacle Geese and Cranes etc. Lovely to see a good number of Ruff and Redshank and the lovely spectacle of hundreds of various waders and ducks take to the air when spooked.
Not the best of weather today but we still managed to see 59 species of birds inc Bewicks, White fronted Geese, Redpoll, Little Stint, Oystercatcher, Ruff, Redshank, Snipe, Black tailed Godwits, Curlew, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Pintail, Golden Plover, Treecreeper etc.
Ruff and Redshank
A Slimbridge Bewicks Swan