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Bittern and Water Pipit and a Surprise

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Saturday 12th January 2013
At the second attempt this year the Bittern finally showed for me at WWT Slimbridge. Thankfully Mark and I didn't have to wait long, and it even came out into the open for a short time. Around 10 Gadwall on South Lake were a another year tick.
Later the Water Pipit was at Berkeley Pill, and a Stonechat was a just south of the mouth of the pill. We found a Jack Snipe too, which was very welcome after not seeing on at all in 2012. Other birds here included seven Common Snipe, c20 Meadow Pipits, six Skylarks, a Redshank, two Ravens and a Great Black-backed Gull on the river. Andy had found an apparently injured Grey Partridge in a tree by the canal back at Quedgeley earlier, near Rea Bridge car park. We went to check it out on the way home, and found the bird on the ground but apparently ok as it took flight and flew across to the other side of the canal; a very surprising patch tick. A male Bullfinch was also near the canal. Back in the garden, birds …

New Year Birding

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Tuesday 1st January 2013
The first bird of the New Year was a Robin singing near my house at 1:00am in the morning. Three Lesser Redpolls were in the garden today, where other visitors included a male Sparrowhawk. Later I year-ticked a range of common species on a walk around Moreton Valence, including Skylark, Yellowhammer and Stock Dove. A detour to Cheltenham after the walk added WAXWING to my 2013 list, with 22 still present at 3:00pm near Edward Wilson House on Princess Elizabeth Way.