Dusting Off the Scope

After many weeks of very little birding I actually managed a day out. At half seven myself and Pete headed off west along the M4 with Severnside our destination and Glossy Ibis our target bird. A steady run down the motorway saw I arriving at a sunny New Passage. We were about an hour after high tide so birds were starting to gather on the newly exposed mud. Several hundred Wigeon were accompanied by a good number of waders. Mainly Redshank along with Dunlin, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Lapwing and a couple of Turnstone. After scanning these for a few minutes we head along the path towards Pilning. The Ibis was soon picked up feeding in the grass along one of the lakes on the landward side of the path. It was constantly on the move and obviously finding plenty of food. A pair of Stonechats were perched on the fence and Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits were all around. Some patient scanning of the latter eventually turned up a Water Pipit, the second year-tick of the morning. Also found was a silitary Ringed Plover and a Peregrine. After a while we headed back towards the car stopping for another scan of the shoreline. This added Black-tailed Godwit and Shelduck to an already good day list. Next stop was Orchard Pools where there was no sign of the Firecrest that had been seen earlier in the week. Several each of Blackbird, Bullfinch and Long-tailed Tits were noted here. After a stop at Downs bakery for cakes we headed back onto the motorway. Then it was back into Wiltshire and a stop at Box where the hoped for Dipper didn’t show. Views of Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher and Raven made the visit worthwhile. We then had brief look ins at Slaughterford and Castle Combe but still a sighting of Dipper eluded us. We returned home with fifty-four species in the book including the two year-ticks.

2 responses to “Dusting Off the Scope

  1. Richard Williams

    Thanks Malcolm
    Nice report

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