I had to meet my son in Gloucester this morning which gave me an opportunity to combine three of my favourite pastimes. We planned to meet at The Aviator cafe at Gloucester Airport which allowed for some plane spotting whilst enjoying a Full English.
After breakfast my Son headed north on the motorway to Edinburgh while I went south to the much nearer Slimbridge. First stop here was the Martin Smith Hide to try for the Jack Snipe. Great views of a Common Snipe and Water Rail but no Jack. From the Holden Tower I added WF and Barnacle Goose, Crane and Peregrine. Then it was back for another look for the Jack Snipe. My luck was in as it was showing, although well tucked into the reeds. Fortuitously at that moment a Pintail swam right into the patch of vegetation causing it to move briefly into view. Having got my target birds and with things to do at home I headed off via Kemble Airfield and the Water Park. A few interesting planes at the former while the Water Park gave me my first Green Sandpiper and my first Wiltshire Little Egret for 2019. That was it for today but looking forward top a full day out with Ian and Matt tomorrow.