Wednesday 26th October 2016

WWT Slimbridge/Slimbridge village     The five CATTLE EGRETS roosted on South Lake until 8:04am when they flew off and were relocated in Slimbridge village in the field immediately adjacent to the A38 roundabout, best viewed from the gate near the Legion shop. They were there until 10:40am at least, but then flew off again. Relocated back here late afternoon staying until 5:23pm when they flew back towards WWT presumably to roost.  (Slimbridge Sightings/Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark. A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew over the grounds at WWT towards Frampton this morning. (Arron Roberts).cattle-egret-261016

Cleeve Hill       The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still above the heather enclosure this afternoon. (Roy Shilham). Also today 25+ Goldfinches, 40+ Chaffinches, 15 Blackbirds, a Mistle Thrush, 180+ Redwings, 10+ Skylarks, 15+ Yellowhammers, 75+ Fieldfares, a Stock Dove, a Bullfinch, three Meadow Pipits and two Jays. (Mark Grieve). Pic by Roy. great-grey-shrike-261016

Sharpness     Two BLACK REDSTARTS on disused office roof far side of the dock at 10am. First seen yesterday at 3pm. (Margaret & Roy Jellings).

Lydney     Belated news of a BLACK REDSTART yesterday (25th) c1/2 mile downriver of Lydney Harbour mouth on the “anti-erosion” boulders along the foreshore. Also a Cetti’s Warbler calling at the lakes on Harbour Road. (John Phillips).

Frampton     A BITTERN sunning itself on top of rushes on the far side of Court Lake at 2:30pm today. (Terry Grant). A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew in to roost on Court Lake island with 15 Little Egrets at 6pm. (Nick Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park East     A GREAT WHITE EGRET still present at Pit 119b at 3pm today. Also a Grey Heron, a Little Egret and a Grey Wagtail and a Green Sandpiper on Pit 119. (Alan & Kit Williams).

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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