Latest sightings

14 to 15 May sightings

14 to 15 May sightings

Things are settling down, the occasional migrant sighted, a few new birds have been noted on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Many species are well into the breeding season.The male White-spotted Bluethroat, as far as we know, hasn't been sighted over the

15 May 2024

11-13 May sightings

11-13 May sightings

13 MayMiddle PointThe male White-spotted Bluethroat has been very helpful to those viewing, it was singing again this morning + numerous Reed and Sedge Warblers in this area, singing Lesser Whitethroat in the hedge. Estuary TowerA distant party of small

13 May 2024

Ringed Plover and Sanderling on the Tack Piece

Ringed Plover and Sanderling on the Tack Piece

Image - Little Ringed PloverTack Piece Lots to see on the Tack piece today including 2 Avocet, 5 Tufted Duck, 45 Shelduck, an Egyptian goose, an Oystercatcher, and a Barn Swallow. From Martin Smith Hide a nice group of waders were visible 55 Ringed Plove

10 May 2024

A few waders coming in on the high tides

A few waders coming in on the high tides

Image - Roe Deer from Kingfisher Hide - MJM.Just about all of the potential roosting spots for waders were flooded by the high Severn tides this morning, wader numbers on the mudflats aren't particularly high but we do have a little variety.Estuary TowerT

8 May 2024

7 May sightings- Black-headed Gull chicks and more

7 May sightings- Black-headed Gull chicks and more

Image - 2cy Mediterranean Gull on South Lake- MJMSightings for today include.Middle Point from Shepherds Hut HideShort-eared Owl and the male White-spotted Bluethroat singing from foreshore reeds, Reed and Sedge Warblers + Reed Bunting Estuary TowerSeven

7 May 2024

Information if coming to look for the Bluethroat.

Information if coming to look for the Bluethroat.

White-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica cyanecula at Middle Point WWT Slimbridge, New Grounds. 2024 A male W.s. Bluethroat returned to its territory in the foreshore reed beds at Middle Point, this marks the fourth season on territory with us, which

6 May 2024

Sightings for 5 and 6 May

Sightings for 5 and 6 May

ImageGreenshank and Avocet on the Dumbles scrape - MJMA good couple of days with a few migrants getting through the rain and fog in the mornings. Warmer weather encouraged the Hobbies to fly, they're feeding on damselflies, this included one over the Five

6 May 2024

Short-eared Owl and a Wood Sandpiper

Short-eared Owl and a Wood Sandpiper

A lovely sunny day at Slimbridge today, with Ruby and her mate hatching at least one chick on the South Lake, a Wood Sandpiper on the Tack Piece, and some great views of a Short-eared Owl as well as the White-spotted Bluethroat visible from the Shepherds hut.

4 May 2024

Three Turnstone on Tack Piece

Three Turnstone on Tack Piece

Image - KingfisherKingfisher hide The two Kingfishers were seen regularly bringing fish to their burrow to feed young and Cetti, Sedge and Reed warblers were singing in the Reed beds not far away. Top New Piece Also visible from the Kingfisher hide

3 May 2024

Reserve recording area species total

Reserve recording area species total

Up to the 30 April were have recorded a total of 160 species of bird within the reserve recording area. No new species for the reserve so far this year but we've plenty of time to add one through the year. Further spring migrants are expected during May a

2 May 2024

Short-eared Owl touring the reserve

Short-eared Owl touring the reserve

Image - Moorhen and Great Egret from Martin Smith HideA Short-eared Owl was spotted at many locations about the reserve today, early morning it was flying south along the Dumbles and later in the day resting on a post on the fence between the Top and Bott

1 May 2024

Curlew Sandpiper on South Lake

Curlew Sandpiper on South Lake

Image- Black-headed Gull and Common SandpiperOur first Curlew Sandpiper of the year kept company with four Dunlin on the South Lake wader scrape for a time today.South LakePair of Little-ringed Plover, nesting Cranes, 46 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Avocet, 4 O

30 April 2024

Whinchat at Middle Point

Whinchat at Middle Point

Image- Marsh Harrier- MJMA noticeable increase in Swallows and Martins with a few Swifts in with them today, a male Whinchat at Middle Point/Tack Piece was also a newly arrived bird. Tack PieceSnow, 18 Barnacle Geese, 18 Shelduck, 23 Mute Swan, Little-rin

29 April 2024

Crane news and Little Gulls

Crane news and Little Gulls

Image- Little Gull over the Tack Piece- MJMVery heavy rain led to rising water levels and a few more migrants about the reserve. Tack PieceTwo adult breeding plumage Little Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin early morning, a single mid morning (probably a

28 April 2024

Summer Walkway and the White-spotted Bluethroat

Summer Walkway and the White-spotted Bluethroat

Image- W.S Bluethroat from a previous year.Summer WalkwayThe wintering birds have all but departed. The reserve team have been busy preparing the Summer Walkway for the 2024 season. Repairs to the path, trimming back vegetation, cleaning the Goose House H

25 April 2024