25th of February 2018 - WWT Steart Marshes (Gloucestershire)

This months trip with the Coventry and Warwickshire RSPB local group was to this new WWT site which is very much still in its infancy and will be a superb location for birds once everything has settled down and mother nature takes over the introduction of all sorts of wildlife?

With my birding buddies Gary, Steve, Alan and Mickey we explored the pathways with a keen eye looking over the site for as many bird species we could see. Total species recorded was only 47!

Highlights were Golden Plover, Dunlin, Curlew, Kittiwake, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Raven, Sanderling, Stonechat, Water Rail and Merlin.

Kittiwake Library Shot
While stopping for lunch I noticed a hawk shaped bird chasing a Skylark, we stood for quite some time as a Merlin tried to catch the Skylark with both birds showing their extraordinary flying ability in Hunting and survival!

In terms of species seen it was rather disappointing, however I am sure that as the years go by this new Marsh will become one of England's best places to visit.

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