Slimbridge - again.
It was back to Slimbridge for more wader action today with 58 Black-tailed Godwits, 123 Redshanks, the moulting Spotted Redshank, an adult with two juvenile Common Terns and three adult and two juvenile Oystercatchers on South Lake, and from the Zeiss Hide another 39 Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers, two Little Ringed Plovers (adult and juvenile), 90 Dunlin plus a Skua sp. The latter was resting and preening on the river for about 30 minutes before flying downriver early afternoon. This bird was mid-river, therefore quite distant, so exact identification was not possible, but it was most likely the Arctic Skua seen by a fellow birder (John) at approximately 12.15pm flying low in a northerly direction over the dipping-pools (near the centre) and towards the river. Shortly before being located on the river, a large number of gulls were seen to take flight off the edge of The Dumbles, and no gulls or other birds were seen anywhere near the Skua when it sat on the sand. (Photos of Oystercatchers: © Paul Masters).