Chilly Saturday

Saturday 29th November 2008

On a dull day with a very cold feel with temperatures reaching 4oC at best but feeling a lot less in the wind, I tried Frampton first thing. Although the Lesser Scaup and two (Greater) Scaup* were present later on in the morning, they eluded me and I could only find 90+ Tufted Ducks, c20 Pochard and c20 Gadwall, plus a Raven and two Chiffchaffs.

At Slimbridge WWT, three Redwings and two Goldcrests were in the overflow car park, a Lesser Redpoll and two Siskins were feeding on the ground on fallen Alder seed with c10 Chaffinches along the Holden Walkway near Robbie Garnett Hide, and another Goldcrest was also along here, c30 Wigeon were very close to the Knott Hide. No sign of the Bittern at the Zeiss Hide, just two Bewick's Swans and three Snipe were of note.

(Photos, from the top: Redwing, Wigeon, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin and Goldcrest)

*The Scaup were seen by Mike King - well done Mike on making 200 for a second time.


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