8th of June 2013.WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.
Species seen 49.
Today my day started early meeting up with Gary and Steve, two regular birding buddies from WWT Brandon Marsh, on the agenda was a trip to the Slimbridge Wetlands Centre. A stop on route for a hearty breakfast set us all up for what was to be a warm breezy day. This is always a great place to see both their captive birds, and the wild birds that drop in to the Severn Estuary area.
|2 Cranes over the car park area|
Taking a tour of the hides beginning with the Martin Smith
hide gave us our first Little Egret, Little Grebe and a field full of Wood
Pigeons and Shelduck. Moving on towards the Holden hide we stopped at all the
others plus the screens. Knott pool had Reed Warblers testing our camera
reactions? At Holden hide we has superb views of the Severn Estuary and the
surrounding area. Interestingly upon leaving we passed under a nest, here could
be seen two open mouths of the young awaiting the return of their adults with
From here we took the “Summer
Walkway” that takes you along the sea dyke towards the estuary where there is a
unique hide which is an old van that looks like a former ambulance. The birds
seen were more Shelduck, Carrion Crow, Oystercatchers and Curlew. This area was
disappointing even though the mud flats we exposed, it didn’t give up much in
the way of waders?
|One of the captive Cranes|
|Estuary hide complete |
with white plastic chairs
Total wild birds sightings today were, Greylag, Mute Swan, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Buzzard, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Black headed Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Rock Dove, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Jay, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Pheasant, Long Tailed Tit, Coot, Moorhen, House Sparrow, Swallow, Swift, House Martin, Teal, Tufted Duck, Willow Warbler, Skylark, Grey Heron, Redshank and Kingfisher. Within the collection are a number of resident Bewick Swans.
I will return to Slimbridge again later in the year, once the winter birds start to return.