Red-flanked Bluetail

Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th February 2014
The cracking Red-flanked Blutail - does what it says on the tin
I went for the RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL near Marshfield on Saturday with Andy and Mark , after several days of hoping it would stay for the weekend; oh, and thanks to Mike for motivating me in light of a poor weather forecast. In the event, conditions were very pleasant in the valley by the stream, and we got on the bird straight away. It gave good views, even though spending most of the time in the trees, only occasionally flitting down to the ground.
It's a long way out - Glaucous Gull
This morning I made a quick trip to WWT Slimbridge to get the immature Glaucous Gull which was sat out on the river. I also pick up two Kittiwakes going upriver, and the two Little Stints were showing well around the Holden pool. A male Sparrowhawk had caught a hapless Dunlin, with which it landed for a while before carrying it off.

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