Feb 17 2015 Slimbridge Gloucestershire UK Sunny 6c
The first two are for my beleaguered birder friends in Vancouver BC who are mucking around the swage ponds at Iona in search of a single Tufted Duck. The second a Lesser Black-backed Gull which has been twitched in Abbotsford and are common here.
|Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)|
|Bewick's Swans, Lapwing and Shelducks in the foreground swim freely at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire.|
|Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)|
The smallest member of the crow family. Found from Scandinavia to Spain
|Jackdaws pair for life.|
|Rook (Corvus frugilegus)|
Note the fearsome beak. Found across Europe.
|Adult winter Black-headed Gull (Chroicephalus ridibundus)|
The head turns black in the summer.
|European Herring Gull ( Larus argentatus)|
|Tundra or Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbines)|
|Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)|
|Lapwing in flight.|
|Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)|
What is this bird doing?
|Dunlin with Lapwing in the foreground. There were also a flock 600 Golden Plover.|
|Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)|
|Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)|
What a cool Latin name!
|Greater White Fronted Geese (Anser albifrons)|
|Common Crane (Grus Grus)|
It was a fantastic day with sightings of Kingfisher, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, hundreds of Golden Plover and numerous other species some of which I have included above. I hope you have enjoyed this visit to one of Gloucestershire's premier birding hotspots.
Here are some of the sightings at Slimbridge during the week.
|Not bad Eh!|
"It's never to late to start birding"