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Little Gull at WWT

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Saturday 26th April 2014
Some photos here of the first-summer Little Gull at WWT Slimbridge today on South Lake today.A supporting cast included two male Ruffs, and small numbers of House Martins, Sand Martins, and Swallows.
It did land for a couple of short periods; here are a couple of dodgy-digi-binned shots:

Birds and Bees

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To Sunday 20th April
A few musings since my last update. In the Cotswold Water Park, the scrubby area to the north of  pits 43/65 was teeming with birds yesterday morning, including a Cuckoo, a Grasshopper Warbler(above), and several Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers, all ticks for the year. I returned in a similar direction in the afternoon with the family to visit North Meadow, Cricklade, for the annual show of Snake's Head Ftilliaries. These were giving a good show, certainly better than last year when the cold spring had affected their growth.
Even though the bird is an escape, I had to go to Coombe Hill Meadows on 11th to see the exotic African Spoonbill. I wonder where it's come from? I also year-ticked a fine male Redstart and two Little Ringed Plovers here, and at least five Pike were in the canal.
On 12th, the tide at Saul Warth yielded little, but a male Wheatear was north of the sluice; its extensive buff underside suggesting Leucorhoa Greenland type.
Late on the 12th…

Hoodie and Taigas - another look

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Saturday 5th April 2014

Hoodie and Taigas at WWT

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Saturday 29th to Monday 31st March 2014
Having missed it on Sunday, I was glad the HOODED CROW was still at WWT on Monday allowing me to catch up with it - a nice addition to my county list; as were the two TAIGA BEAN GEESE which were feeding and dozing in the evening sunshine with Greylags on The Dumbles. Well done to John Budd and Roberta Goodall for finding the Hoodie, and to Colin Butters on the Taigas.

I had great views of singing Willow Tits at Woorgreens on Saturday with Andy, and the GREAT GREY SHRIKE too. One or two Goshawks were distant to the east of Crabtree Hill and a Peregrine flew straight through headed north.