Slimbridge and Further Afield

Friday 22nd April 2011

I started off the morning's birding with Andy at Frampton, but hopes of anything interesting on the sailing lake (Townfield Lake) turned to nought. A Nightingale singing to the east of the lake though was a year tick, and a Whitethroat was also here. After that we headed for WWT. Five House Martins in the village at Slimbridge were my first of the year. A cracking Holly Blue was sunning itself in the car park, allowing close study (above). A pair of Gadwall were dozing in the sun at Martin Smith hide (below):

And this group of wildfowl made a nice group at the Knott Hide (below):

The highlights of the tide at Middle Point included two Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, three Yellow Wagtails and several Ringed Plovers and Dunlins, most of the latter being in stunning summer plumage (below). A Lesser Whitethroat was singing near the Goose House.

This afternoon Linda and I visited one of our favourite National Trust properties, Brockhampton, in Worcestershire (below).

A male Redstart and a Treecreeper were was singing in the parkland, and a Raven was being mobbed very aggressively by two Mistle Thrushes at the car park, suggesting a nest nearby. An Orange-tip (below) took time to rest on Cuckoo Flowers.

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