WWT and Coombe Hill Meadows

Tuesday 28th August 2007
I started off a day's birding at Slimbridge WWT with three Green Sandpipers, a Snipe and 10 Black-tailed Godwits at Robbie Garnett hide. I then got news of a Spotted Crake at Coombe Hill Meadows. I arrived just before mid-day, the same time as Jake, and despite a watch of over three hours, later joined by Graham, there was no sign. We did see a juvenile and adult Water Rail, a Common Sandpiper, two Ringed Plover, six Dunlin, a Little Grebe, ten Pied Wagtails, two Grey Herons, 166 Canada Geese, a Greylag Goose, 11 Lapwings, two Willow Warblers, a Little Owl calling, four Buzzards and a small number of Teal and Tufted Ducks (photo of juvenile Water Rail below).

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