10th of February 2013.
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.
Species seen 47.
Our second day away was spent at the Slimbridge Wetlands Centre. This is always a great place to see both their captive birds, and the mass of wild birds that drop in to the Severn Estuary area. Amongst the captive birds were Flamingos whose rich colours were very vibrant even in the dull rainy conditions.
The highlight was three Tundra Bean Geese which had the Holden Tower hide full to bursting. Other notables were the 1000 plus Lapwings with at least 400 plus Golden Plover amongst their numbers.
Bewick Swan numbers were well over 250 and there were at least 100 or more Barnacle Geese, plus I guess about 80 or more White Fronted Geese.
Other birds seen today were, Greylag, Shelduck, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Widgeon, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Moorhen, Coot, Buzzard, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Dunlin, Black headed Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Starling, Goldfinch and Reed Bunting.
The Kingfisher hide had a notice explaining that due to the severe weather in 2012 there have been no Kingfishers nesting at Slimbridge, which is a real shame; however after looking at the recent sightings lists, I see one has been reported on the site. Let’s hope that Kingfisher numbers will increase so that more people can enjoy these truly beautiful birds?
Slimbridge also has an Otter programme and it was good to see these mammals at close quarters. All be it through transparent walls. They were very playful and extremely inquisitive when it came to the birds that perched from time to time around their enclosure.
I will return to Slimbridge once the clocks have changed to enjoy another visit, hopefully next time the weather will be a lot more brighter and somewhat warmer?