Friday 28th October 2016

WWT Slimbridge/Slimbridge village     Six CATTLE EGRETS were on South Lake again. They flew off just after 9:25am  (Slimbridge Sightings/Tom Weston-McClung) and were relocated in Slimbridge village in the field immediately adjacent to the A38 roundabout. (MK). They were back at Patch Bridge at 4:25pm presumably heading to WWT to roost. (Colin Butters). Also an Avocet from Zeiss hide, a pair of Egyptian Geese on the Rushy this afternoon and a flock of ten Goldcrests along the Holden Walkway. (Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes). 15 GCRP Common Cranes flew over the canal N of Patch Bridge towards WWT at 10:50am. Pic by Tom.cattle-egrets-281016

More pics by Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes below.cattle-egrets-2-281016

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Frampton     A BITTERN at midday along the edge of the reedbed in the NE corner of Court Lake but typically elusive, present until 1pm at least, but no sign again by 3pm. Also a GREAT WHITE EGRET on Court Lake at 11:40am until 1:50pm when it flew off, also three Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, a Water Rail squealing and a Cetti’s Warbler heard. (MK).

Forest of Dean     A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill at 8am then flew towards Horse Lawn clearing. Also three Hawfinches and two Crossbills. (Arron Roberts).

Sharpness     A first winter/female BLACK REDSTART was feeding on the buildings at the end of Dock Road beyond Ned West building this morning. (Tom Weston-McClung). Pic by Tom.

Painswick Beacon     Passage over the Beacon today included 11350 Woodpigeons, six Hawfinches, 150 Chaffinches, 200 Goldfinches, 50 Golden Plovers, 320 Fieldfares, 19 Ravens and a male RING OUZEL. (John Fleming).

Winstone     A Short Eared Owl at 6:12pm this evening on the minor road between Winstone and Sapperton, near Park Farm Corner. It stood in the middle of the road briefly and then flew off with prey in its talons towards Bathurst Woods. (Michael Cook).

Tirley Sandpits     56+ Skylarks, 15 Linnets, 13 Blackbirds, four Song Thrushes, two Stonechats, 35+ Fieldfares, two Pied Wagtails, ten Stock Doves, nine Meadow Pipits, a Mistle Thrush, 103 Woodpigeon over, 11 Redwings, three male Bullfinches, a Goldcrest, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Yellowhammers, two Red-legged Partridges and a Grey Heron today. (Mark Grieve).

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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