Slimbridge, Frampton and Atlas Survey at Brockworth

Saturday 9th February 2008

On another warm sunny day, the brilliant early morning light made for great study of Lapwing (above) Bewick's Swan and Pintail (below) in the Rushy at Slimbridge WWT.


Other Sightings at Slimbride included the leucistic Egyptian Goose (below) and two Oystercatchers in the Rushy, and a Peregrine, a Buzzard, a Little Stint, a Bean Goose (bottom photo), two more Oystercatchers, 2,000 Golden Plovers and a Spotted Redshank from the Holden Tower.


At Frampton, two Cetti's Warblers, a Kingfisher, a Little Egret, two squealing Water Rails and Reed Bunting singing unseen from within the reed-bed were north of Splatt Bridge. Two Stock Doves were near the church and 1-2 Green Woodpecker were heard calling.

This afternoon I carried out my second winter BTO Atlas survey at Brockworth SO81Y tetrad. The two-hour period yielded the following:

Sparrowhawk 3
Black-headed Gull 30
Herring Gull 2
Feral Pigeon 4
Wood Pigeon 40
Collared Dove 4
Skylark 2
Wren 5
Dunnock 3
Robin 28
Blackbird 15
Fieldfare 50
Song Thrush 5
Redwing 13
Goldcrest 3
Long-tailed Tit 4
Blue Tit 15
Great Tit 7
Magpie 11
Jackdaw 6
Rook 1
Carrion Crow 8
Starling 4
House Sparrow 15
Chaffinch 5
Greenfinch 3
Goldfinch 4
Bullfinch 1

Also two Roe Deer (at Henley Bank) and a Red Admiral.

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