Monday, February 06, 2017

Diary Update #9 ~ 2017

⛅☔ Monday February 6th 2017 ~  After the flurry of activity in January the lack of updates recently reflects the amount of birding I've managed over the last few weeks.

Waxwings at Wolston on a gloomy morning!
This also compares to the lack of new arrivals in the area, with the exception of the Waxwings at Wolston, with more birds arriving and the flock now reaching a very credible 30+ birds yesterday. Two Whooper Swans over at Abbey Fields, Kenilworth have not tempted me across that way.

Black Redstart ~ Sharpness, Gloucestershire..
Today Alan Boddington and I headed down to Gloucestershire, starting off at Sharpness for Black Redstart. A couple had been reported along Dock Road and we arrived shortly before 11am, after a not too early start. One very accommodating bird, although it did disappear for long periods.

Black Redstart
The remainder of the day was spent at WWT Slimbridge, where over the weekend a very active Goshawk had been hampering the wildfowl flocks. Although a pleasant visit the weather did somewhat deteriorate during the afternoon and there was no sign of the Goshawk. All the usual highlights were recorded with some images reflected in Alan's tweet below!

Alan's Tweet from this morning!