Friday, September 21, 2012

Dipping the Slimbridge Buff-Breasted Sandpiper

On Wednseday 19th September work took me to Bristol, once I had finished here went of to WWT Slimbridge hoping to see the Buff-Breasted Sandpiper as it would have been a new bird for me.
Arrived at Slimbridge and went to the visitor centre reception and was told that it had been seen that morning and there was a guided walk from the Holden Tower Hide, out on to The Dumbles.
Out on to The Dumbles

Hide tide, Photo taken at 10:19

Tide going out very fast, this photo taken at 10:43
When out on The Dumbles set up scope and started going through the Curlew roost, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Grey Plover, no BBS, some distant small waders flying around. While we carried on looking these were seen, Little Egret, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, Buzzard, Black-headed Gull, Herring gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Raven, Swallow, House Martin &, Peregrine.
Soon it was time to go back, and when we arrived back at the Holden Tower hide a few of us went up to carry on looking, here I saw the following, Little Grebe, Coot & on the small islands Pied Wagtail and White Wagtail, and feeding around the cattle Yellow Wagtails.
I then went to the South Lake Hide, where I had great views of the Long-billed Dowitcher feeding with Spotted Redshanks & Black-tailed Godwits. Also here Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, one of these seemed to enjoy giving some of the Greylags a hard time, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Ruff, Redshank, Lesser Black-backed Gull.
I then went to Zeiss Hide & on the way enjoyed looking at the wildfowl collection from around the world, all around were Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow & Starling.
From the Zeiss Hide saw Canada Goose, a few Snipe and a Green Sandpiper.

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