Saturday 26th September 2009

At Slimbridge WWT this morning with Mark, the best birding to be had was from the Zeiss Hide, where the highlights were a Little Stint, seven Ruffs, 22 Snipe, a Water Rail, two Spotted Redshanks, 12 Redshanks and six Black-tailed Godwits. Another five Snipe were showing well from Martin Smith Hide (above and below) and a Cetti's Warbler was seen at Robbie Garnett Hide whilst another was heard within the grounds; three Swallows were seen over the Tack Piece; 21 Black-tailed Godwits were on South Lake. There wasn't much of note at Middle Point, four Ravens, a few Curlews, lots of Shelduck and a Little Egret, and the only migrants noted were a total of five Chiffchaffs between Robbie Garnett Hide and Middle Point.

A pair of House Martins were still active at a nest on the centre building feeding three young (below).


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