Geese and Swans
I been catching up with a couple of the scarcer county goose species recently. Yesterday afternoon (Friday) the Pink-footed Goose was at Inglesham near Lechlade, with 87 Canada Geese and five Greylags alongside the River Thames, luckingly in Glos, at SU206987 (photos above and below). There's also a short video I took here.
Earlier at Hawling two Tree Sparrows, six Corn Buntings, c30 Yellowhammers, c25 Chaffinches and three Stock Doves (below) were opposite the Dairy Farm at SP060230, and near Roel Gate a nice flock of c20 Corn Buntings were feeding in a ploughed field at SP054247.
Today I finally saw the Brent Goose at Coombe Hill Meadows. After two unsuccessful attempts last weekend it looked like I was too late again when I arrived at 8:55am to find no sign. At 9:35am however Mark spotted it flying back to join 10 Shelducks, when it proceeded to feed (below) and then go to sleep. Not much else of note here now the water levels have gone down, with the hide accessible (without a boat!); other birds seen were c50 Lapwings, c50 Wigeon and seven Mute Swans.
Later the three Whooper Swans were at Ashleworth Ham (below) along with nine Mute Swans, c400 Wigeon, c60 Pintail, c20 Tufted Duck, c40 Teal, c40 Shoveler, c10 Mallard, a Gadwall, three Greylags, 26 Canada Geese, a Snipe and c20 Coot.