19th February 2023 – WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

We are regular visitors to Slimbridge but we generally avoid going there during school holidays. However, with a rarity, a White-rumped Sandpiper (an annual visitor to the UK from North America in small numbers), reported there the temptation was too great.

On arriving at the Rushy Pen hide (where it has been reported in recent days) we were quite disappointed that it was nowhere to be seen. Nonetheless, it was a lovely morning and we still enjoyed visiting all the hides on the north side of the reserve. There was plenty to see and a Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Redshank, Northern Pintails and Wigeon all came close. There were also plenty of geese and swans (both Mute and Bewick) flying around to keep me happy snapping away.

Northern Pintail

Black-tailed Godwit

Common Redshank

Eurasian Teal

Eurasian Wigeon

Canada Goose

Greylag Goose

Bewick Swan

Mute Swan

Little Egret

A Water Rail was just a bit too secretive for me to get a good shot.

Water Rail

However, there were a couple of Oystercatcher very close up.


Oystercatcher with worm

From the Tower hide, as well as lots of waterfowl, geese and swans, we could see Common Cranes. There was also a Sparrowhawk perched in the hedge in front of the hide and Blue Tits and Great Tits were very pluckily trying to mob it.


There was a Snow Goose amongst the Barnacle Geese and I presume what I thought was a Ross’s Goose on our last visit probably was the same Snow Goose.

There was another white goose in the distance with some White fronted Geese but I couldn’t see it clearly.

Snow Goose amongst Barnacle Geese

Wigeon (with Snow Goose top right)

As we were making our way back to the car park we had to pass the Rushy Pen hide and from all the commotion it was clear that there was something special there. I could hardly get into the hide but from about the third row back I could still see the White-rumped Sandpiper, in all its glory right in front of the hide.

Gallery of White-rumped Sandpiper:

Stepping in fox poo on my way out this morning was clearly a lucky omen!

Slideshow of photos from this morning:

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