I decided to go 'off patch' today and pop just south of Worcester to Pirton Pool to see the party of 4 Bewick's Swans (3 adult & 1 juv) that have been there the past 5 days.
On arriving at Pirton I walked the public footpath to the pools edge and began scanning. Within a few minutes I had picked up the juvenile Bewick's Swan swimming across the water towards one of the islands. The 3 adults were sat along the edge of the island with there heads tucked in, although one did show fairly well as it gave itself an extensive preening.
I then spent the next hour or so enjoying the birds (and a rare bit of sunshine!). It was far nicer seeing them here than through a glass window at Slimbridge WWT...it just felt more natural.
Bewick's Swans are the smallest of the European swans and, like the much larger Whooper Swan, have obvious yellow in the beak. They migrate from their breeding grounds in Siberia and the Arctic tundra between October-November, to winter in coastal lowlands of northern Europe.
Also of note at Pirton were 48 Mute Swans, c.80 Wigeon, 11 Teal and good numbers of Gadwall.
Bewick's Swan (adult)
Bewick's Swan (juvenile)
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