Smew and co. Still on Court Lake

Sunday 17th January 2009

On a sunny and warm winter's day I was engaged on family duties for most of the day, but managed to get out and do a bit of birding later in the afternoon. First stop was Slimbridge WWT, where the weather had brought out the crowds in force, I expect the trust are glad that the turnstiles are spinning again after the recent freeze. The Rushy hides were packed so I checked out South Lake and noticed a fully-winged drake Mandarin, with collection counterparts, from the little bridge over the drain on the way. Yearning for a quieter end to the afternoon I checked out Court Lake at Frampton on the way home in the fading light, where a redhead Smew, a drake Ruddy Drake and now eight Red-crested Pochards (above)(5m, 3f) were still present, plus an Egyptian Goose (below). After that, a Little Owl was at Castle End Farm, Longney.

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