Sunday, July 16, 2006

WWT Slimbridge sightings 15 and 16 July 2006

16 July 2006 A good day with plenty of new birds in. The Top New Piece held 2 juvenile Garganey, 35 Teal, a breeding plumaged Knot, 20 Redshank, 60 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 2 Snipe and 3 Green Sandpiper.

South Lake had a male Greater Scaup with the Tufted Ducks, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank and a Common Sandpiper. The Common Terns still have two rapidly growing chicks.

On the edge of the Dumbles and the saltmarsh over the high tide period 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 347 Curlew, 10 Oystercatcher, 7 Yellow-legged Gull, 20 Dunlin, a juvenile Little-ringed Plover (1st of the autumn), 50 Shelduck and 80 Lapwing.

The 100 Acre had a Hobby hunting the numerous dragonflies that included Emperor, Black-taield Skimmer, Ruddy and Common Darter and the first Brown Hawker. An adult summer Mediterranean Gull with a white darvic was on the river.

Around the Tack Piece/Holden Tower four Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank were feeding in the scrapes. Four Black-tailed Godwit were in the Rushy.

A juvenile Cuckoo was in front of the Zeiss Hide.

15 July 2006 A Snipe, Greenshank and 2 Dunlin joined the waders on the Top New Piece.