|More willow bashing ~ This time on West Marsh!|
Friday 13th January... I had a late start, stopping briefly at Wolston for another look at the Waxwings before ending up at Brandon Marsh in the company of Bob Lee. The birding was pretty dire to be honest, a count of ten Pochard the best on offer but was brightened considerably by the sight of two, possibly three Otters, which swam past directly in front of East Marsh Hide. A cracking sighting and one which I managed a very short video of (above).
|One of the many Bewick Swans wintering at Slimbridge!|
Saturday 14th January... Dee and I made our annual January visit to WWT Slimbridge. Not everyones cup of tea but a place we very much enjoy. Its a perfect opportunity to see species you may never see in the wild and also an excellent chance to study the species which we do often encounter, but at close range. It also has several good hides to visit which can boost the year list without too much effort. Today mine was extended by Bittern, Crane, Barnacle Goose (110+), pair of Peregrine, Ruff, Snipe and the sites speciality, Bewick Swans.
|Wild Crane's ~ These likely released in the Somerset Levels from the 'Great Crane Project'|