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11 Sep 2017

Seabird wreck

The gales in the South West and West Wales have caused a wreck of seabirds, many were¬†driven up the Bristol Channel. One of our holidaying volunteers rang to report hundreds of Manx Shearwaters being washed up on Newgale beach in¬†Pembrokeshire. The after effects also reached us here at Slimbridge. Over the high tide period at least 5 Manx Shearwater, 2 Leach’s Petrel, a juvenile Arctic Tern and an adult Gannet were seen floating or struggling in the winds.

Rushy Hide

Three Ruff, a Green Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit and one of the Spotted Redshanks for a short while, 4 Canada Geese, 16 Greylag, 22 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Shoveler, 92 Mallard, 51 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 5 Tufted Duck.

Tack Piece

34 Teal with Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs in the bushes.

Knott Hide

Green Sandpiper and 9 Teal.

South Lake

A 1st calendar year Mediterranean Gull ( see above) among the Black-headed Gulls, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 137 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Redshank, 11 Ruff, 157 Lapwing, juvenile Spotted Redshank and Little Grebe.

Zeiss Hide/Top New Piece

Spotted Redshank, 25 Ringed Plover, 153 Dunlin, juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 76 Lapwing, Garganey, 383 Teal and 208 Barnacle Geese among the highlights today.