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09 May 2018

The lingering Brent

The Dark-bellied Brent Goose was on the river again this morning, whilst the Egyptian Goose was on the Dumbles with the Greylags.  An Osprey was also seen distantly flying up the river mid morning.

Robbie Garnett Hide

The Tack Piece is a very different place now than from the winter.  From thousands of duck we’re now left with just a single drake Wigeon, 42 Shelduck and 2 Shoveler this morning.  Several species of duck breed at Slimbridge and a great variety can still be seen around the rest of the reserve.

Kingfisher Hide

A pair of Little Grebe appear to have a nest on the pool in front of the hide.  A Cuckoo was heard and a Kingfisher made a flypast of the hide this morning.  We hope the chicks hatch next week.  Singing Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler were heard from the reedbed.

Zeiss Hide

On the scrape were 21 Avocet, a pair Cranes (Oakie and Sherbert) that appear to now be on a nest along with 34 Shelduck, and an Oystercatcher.  Singing Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting can be heard in the reedbed.

South Lake Hides

The scrape held 101 Black-tailed Godwits and 7 Avocet this morning.  The pair of Mediterranean Gulls were on the deep lake as were the pair Great Crested Grebe.  A total of 16 Shelduck were counted.  It appears as though the Oystercatcher pair near the Discovery Hide have hatched chicks as the adults were seen carrying earthworms into the nettle patch.