We popped to Slimbridge WWT for a couple of hours & to see the Greenland White - fronted Geese for the last time. The feral population of Barnacle Geese were showing well from the Stephen Kirk Hide but sadly no Greenland White - fronts. The Male Kingfisher was busy nest excavating at South Finger and the Female was perched at the far end of the channel. We had a bonus of a Roe Deer Buck running across the field. There was pelnty of Avocets feeding on South Lake.
Roe Deer [Male]
Avocet on South Lake
Lesser Black - backed Gulls
Forest of Dean 13th March 2016
We went to the Forest of Dean at Crabtree Hill to look for the Great Grey Shrike. It was very mobile around the forest and only gave distant views. Also managed to see my first Jack Snipe resting amongst some bracken. There were also some Stonechats around the area. Later we went for a walk in the forest and happen to across 2 families of Wild Boar. This was certainly the best view we had of them after a long time. In previous years we only had distant and brief views. It was the highlight of the day.
Little Owl at Horton 25th March 2016
A made a quick visit to Horton to see our local Little Owl in the late afternoon sunshine.
We went out on Mothering Sunday around Gloucestershire and our first port of call was at Horton to see if the Little Owls were outside their hole. Both birds showed well during the morning. We then popped to Slimbridge WWT to see the 5 Greenland White - fronted Geese which were currently wintering. On the Rushy Pen we saw 2 1st Winter Female Greater Scaups. We saw the Greenland White - fronted Geese on the Tack Piece with European White - fronted Geese but the views were always distant. We called in to Ashleworth Ham to look for the Green - winged Teal but was not showing all the time we were there. We had excellent views of Nuthatches from the car. Finally went to Horesbere Brook Lake for the Penduline Tits. We didn't see them on this occassion but we saw an unusal black - faced Female Reed Bunting which many lack.
Portesham & Weymouth 7th March 2016
We went to Portesham to see the Pallas's Warbler which had been present since late February. It was flitting about the bushes along the disused railway. It is a fairly regular vagrant from Siberia like the Yellow - browed Warber. Afterwards we popped down to Radipole Lake RSPB to see what was about. We saw Robin, Little Grebe [in breeding plumage], Great Crested Grebe [still in winter plumage], Cormorant, Marsh Harrier, Great Tit & Hooded Merganser but no Bearded Tits. We popped to nearby Lodmoor RSPB to look for the Spoonbills which were still present and they were showing well in the early evening light.
Dipper at Williton 12th March 2016
While we were at the West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala we saw a Dipper on a nearby Doniford River.