Slimbridge Ducks, Geese and Swans
At Slimbridge (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) yesterday. Had an ace day thanks to James Lees, reserve warden. Bumper year there for Russian White-fronted Geese, we saw over 600 birds, 37% of which first winters. James picked out a Tundra Bean Goose (ssp. rossicus)- excellent. Joined then by senior warden Martin McGill, Simon Mackie and 2 ‘bird racers from BBC Bristol- Mike Dilger (off the telly- The BBC’s ’One Show’ as well as Springwatch and Autumnwatch) and Ed Drewitt.
Also had new-in 2nd winter (yearling) Bewick’s Swan named ‘Garner’, close couple of young male Greater Scaup, learnt more about wild goose calls and lot more which I will blog about when I get chance! (I have mystery duck seen yesterday which I will post as New Year’s day Quiz- in case any one bored!)
For now the newly arrived Tundra Bean Goose and our little birding crew:
Taiga Bean Goose ssp. fabalis. This old adult has been in the Slimbridge collection a long time. Always a little wary of the purity of collection birds, this one nevertheless appears to have the longer, slimmer looking bill with little more orange that marks out a Western Taiga Bean.
Dilger knicks my ‘scope to see the adult Pink-footed Geese- one of 2 wild Pink-feet in the area.