Coombe Hill (26 January 2011, contributed by Les Brown, Mike Smart and John Wiltshire)
The Severn is now much lower and the flooding on the meadows has receded considerably.
At Coombe Hill, the Grundon Hide is now comfortably accessible; the floodwater no longer iced over. A fantastic waterbird spectacle, but Saturday’s exceptional Teal numbers were no longer present. 3 Bewick’s Swans (a family party of two adults and one cygnet which had clearly roosted but moved off early), 180+ Greylags (including three darvic ringed birds), 1 Pinkfoot, 1 Barhead, 300+ Canadas, 3000 Wigeon (very active and lively on water constantly flying up), 10 Gadwall, 500+ Teal, 250 Pintail, 336 Lapwings, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlews (one already giving bubbling call).
No sign of any Whooper or Bewick’s Swans at either Leigh Meadows or Ashleworth/Hasfield.