Friday, 5 January 2018
5 Jan - An early Jan runaround on a slightly showery day - reasonable views of the Great Northern Diver still resident at pit 125 in eastern CWP - then Plock Court at Gloucester where I had much better views of the Penduline Tit, feeding on Bullrush heads, a tiny bird like a miniature Red-backed Shrike. Seen on arrival so no waiting required. Then a productive couple of hours at Slimbridge - both Spotted Redshank and Little Stint present on the Rushy (with Bewick's of course) alongside Redshank and good numbers of Ruff - with impressively large numbers of Golden Plover and Lapwing on the Tack Piece, alongside Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew. Excellent views of Snipe from Hogarth hide at the top end of South Lake. Finally, 3 Short-eared Owls in the Cotswolds emerged in reasonable light, with a Barn Owl later on. A good, fairly local day!