Thursday, 12 March 2009

Glamorgan & Gloucestershire

Started the day off at 5.30am, pick up Matt from Green Man and headed for Wales! Whilst on route we managed to see 2 Ring-necked Parakeets (Psittacula krameri) whilst driving past Staines, a good start to the day! Once in Glamorgan we somehow managed to locate Jim Driscoll Way, and after a short period of waiting I finally located the ad. Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) which eventually showed well giving good views of its bubblegum pink legs and grey nape.

Then we headed round the corner to Cardiff Bay NR and we eventually found the 1w Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) which showed well on and off in front of the nearby hotel rather than from the boardwalk itself.

It was getting on for 1.30pm by the time we had seen both birds so we decided to head for home; but as we were approaching the Severn Crossing a message on the pager stated that the drk American Wigeon (Anas americana) had been re-found at Slimbridge WWT so we rushed northwards and after a fruitless hunt in the wrong area of the reserve. We got onto the stunning bird. It showed well, grazing in the grass, in flight and on the water. A perfect end to a great day out of the county!

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