Picked my niece Fran up from Cardiff Uni this weekend so popped into Slimbridge on the way. Travelled back today and headed over the farm in the evening with Kojak to look for Black Terns following the influx of them across the country today- no joy unfortunately despite a massive storm that would have flushed anything out of the sky going over.
Common Crane- a free flying bird in one of the wild areas at Slimbridge- presumably one of the Great Crane Project birds
Bar-tailed Godwit and Black-tailed Godwits at Slimbridge
Adult and presumed first-summer Black-tailed Godwits- presumably these birds are still heading north to Iceland. There's been an influx of terns and waders over the last few days in north east winds and generally clear skies. Getting quite late in the season so maybe there have been delays in birds moving north this year considering the unseasonably late hard weather waves in March?
The female Pintail at Beddington on Saturday- an unseasonal record
The female Pintail with male Gadwalls
The Canada Geese on the Southern lake seem to be forming a collective creche already
Coot chick in its first storm today
White-shouldered House Moth