High Tide at WWT

Monday 9th April 2012
High tide - looking towards Middle Point from Holden Tower
A day of increasing rain, but an interesting high tide at Slimbridge WWT as the c10m tide brimmed over on to The Dumbles. With the spartina island flooded, the Canadas, including the Cackling Goose were forced on to the mainland, and although distant, the small goose was still obvious (below). Not a huge number of waders but they included two Whimbrels, seven Grey Plover, two Knot, seven Ringed Plover and two Dunlin were on the Dumbles edge. Two Wheaters were around the Middle Point cross fence before the tide had fully inundated the area (top photo).
The Cackling Goose, right, is tiny, and darker, compared to the Greater Canada to the left
High tide - the river starts to flood The Dumbles

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