Tuesday, July 25, 2006

WWT Slimbridge sightings 24 to 26 July 2006

26 July 2006 The Top New Piece will have some disturbance this week for essential management work. Despite this 7 Dunlin, 5 Little Egrets, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 70 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper and 5 Snipe were all seen on and off today.

The South Lake had two fledged Common Terns, 2 Greenshank, an adult male and female Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, 132 Black-tailed Godwit (two colour ringed), 40 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 90 Lapwing and Greater Scaup. The Tack Piece scrape had a Dunlin and 7 Green Sandpiper. A Willow Warbler (the first return passage bird) was in sub-song this morning near the Robbie Garnett hide. A juvenile Whitethroat was seen at the South Finger.

No staff have seen the stint or harrier today or had any reports.

25 July 2006 A juvenile Marsh Harrier was found quartering the Bull Ground and 100 Acre areas this afternoon (Dave Paynter). This is best viewed from the WWT platform in Green Lane. This can be accessed from the Gloucester to Sharpness canal towpath from Slimbridge, Cambridge Arms or Splatt Bridge.

A breeding plumaged Little Stint was flying around on the river and settled on the Tack Piece scrape this evening. On the river 20+ Yellow -legged Gull and an adult and second summer Mediterranean Gull were in the roost. A Pochard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Redshank and Ruff were all on South Lake. The Greater Scaup was also seen with at least one Common Tern juvenile flying around.

Five Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, c 20 Dunlin and c30 Black-tailed Godwit joined the Lapwing on the Top New Piece. 8 Green Sandpiper were on the Tack Piece, four were in the Rushy. Two Greenshank were roosting over high tide.

A few migrant warblers are appearing with Lesser Whitetroat seen today.

24 July 2006 The South Lake and Top New Piece held most of the waders with the Tack Piece scrape coming into form also. 134 Black-tailed Godwit, 51 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 adult female Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper 1 Green Sandpiper and the male Greater Scaup were all on the South Lake. A Whimbrel was with the Curlew flock along with Yellow-legged Gull over high tide.