Saturday 22nd October 2016

Forest of Dean     Three Crossbills over the car park at Speech House, then at
Crabtree Hill c250 Lesser Redpolls, and at least one MEALY REDPOLL. At New Fancy View four Bramblings flying past and an adult male Goshawk perched. (Keith Vinicombe). Two MEALY REDPOLLS and c140 Lesser Redpolls were rung today at Crabtree Hill and  possibly 1000 Redpolls moved through during the day 8am-5pm so can’t be sure if the Mealies are still around. (Rob Husbands/Nat Roberts). mealy-redpoll-221016Bromsberrow     A HOOPOE flew across the westbound carriageway 0f the  M50, just before Junction 2 this morning and landed in a tree opposite. (Emma-Louise Cole).

Cleeve Hill     A first-winter RING OUZEL on brambles, right out of the radio masts car park towards the gallops. Also two Stonechats, a Wheatear, c200 Fieldfares and c50 Redwings today. (Tom Mabbett).

Leighterton     A SHORT-EARED OWL moving through N early afternoon. Also a Red Kite. (John Overfield).    

Frampton pools     A adult Yellow-legged Gull still on the floating hut on the Sailing Lake, the Tawny Owl roosting in Court Field, four Little Egrets on Court Lake, in the Gravel Wash a Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll with 20 Goldfinches, a Chiffchaff, 40 Fieldfares flew NW and a Redwing in sub-song. (MK). Later 28 Skylarks, 23 Siskins, 78 Fieldfares, 18 Redwings, a Pochard, 24 Shovelers, 21 Gadwalls, 75 Tufted Ducks, 11 Teal and four Wigeon. (Nick Goatman).

Uckington     A MERLIN this afternoon at 2:20pm over fields behind the House in the Tree Pub to the east of Withy Bridge Lane. (Gordon Avery).

Cotswold Water Park East     A Dunlin, a patch tick, also 448 Tufted Ducks, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Siskin and a Peregrine at Pit 125. (Ian Ralphs).

Eastleach Downs    50 Skylarks, 20 Linnets, 30 Meadow Pipits and several Red Kites today. (Ian Ralphs).

Symonds Yat     The Peregrine pair, a male and female Goshawk, five Buzzards, Siskin flocks, a Treecreeper, Jays, Redwings, a Hornet, a Red Admiral and Fallow Deer rutting today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Six Mute Swans, two Wigeon, 151 Teal, 12 Mallards, two Shovelers, two Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk hunting, a Snipe, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, drumming already, 60 Fieldfares, 40 Redwings and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     At Severn Ham eight Cormorants in flight, a Skylark and two Chiffchaffs calling. (Mike Smart).

Purton     Two Tawny Owls first heard then seen together in same tree at 6:30pm by the Timber Ponds. (Paddy Doyle).

Cheltenham    At Naunton Park a garden Jay and a Coal Tit today. (Steve Brown).

About The Gloster Birder

My name is Mike King and have lived all my life in Gloucestershire. I am happiest birding around Frampton but I especially love Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. I have birded all over Europe, in the U.S.A. and Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic, The Gambia, Cape Verde, South Africa and most recently Zimbabwe and Botswana.
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