February Highlights

Saturday 6th - Sunday 28th February
Great Grey Shrike, Crabtree Hill
The first trip of the month was to the Cotswold Water Park with Mark, and a long walk (nearly 6 miles) covering several pits looking for Smew. It hasn't been a good winter for Smew and we drew a blank, but year-ticked Goosander, Goldeneye and Red-crested Pochard.
Little Gull, Tack Piece, WWT
The next morning I spent at WWT Slimbidge. After a quiet couple of hours I was just leaving via the shop and happened to see Martin and Neil. They told me there was a Little Gull on the Tack Piece, so I headed straight there in time to see it. A Bar-tailed Godwit, which I had thus far missed, was also on the Tack Piece with the Black-tailed Godwits, so that was a nice bonus. I've seen the Barwit a couple of times since on South Lake.
Bar-tailed Godwit, South Lake, WWT
Bar-tailed Godwit, South Lake, WWT
The last two Saturday mornings I have spent carried out Winter Random Square Surveys. Last Saturday was Hock Cliff, and this Saturday I was surveying Ruspidge in the Forest. The Ruspidge survey turned up lots of Siskins, 70+, and two nice Bramblings. On the way back from Ruspidge I fitted in the GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Ashleworth Ham. The Teal was asleep most of the time and partially obscured, but thankfully did wake up a couple of times revealing its vertical white stripes.
Siskin, Ruspidge
Brambling, Ruspidge
Green-winged Teal, Ashleworth Ham
It was a trip back to the Forest this morning with Andy and Mark, covering Woorgreens - Crabtree Hill - Drybrook Road Station. It was generally rather quiet, the main highlights being a Goshawk and on the lake six Goosanders.
Goosanders, Woorgreens Lake (5 of the 6)


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