Sunday 30th October 2016

WWT Slimbridge/Slimbridge village     Six CATTLE EGRETS were on South Lake again this morning. They flew off to Slimbridge village as usual to the field immediately adjacent to the A38 roundabout opposite the school and remained there for much of the day. They were back on South Lake at this evening. (Alan Hooper/Mark Grieve/Mark Hobson/Roy Shilham/Terry Webb). Also at the Trust a Dark-bellied Brent Goose again among the Barnacle Geese on the Dumbles. (Slimbridge Sightings). On South Lake, four Snipe, a Grey Wagtail , 110+ Teal, 65+ Shovelers, 25+ Lapwings, 52 Black-tailed Godwits, 50+ Tufted Ducks, a Cetti’s Warbler and six Cormorants. From Zeiss hide and South Finger, 400+ Golden Plovers, 480+ Lapwings, a Cetti’s Warbler, 480+ Wigeon, a Water Rail and an Avocet. (Mark Grieve). Pics by Roy.Cattle Egret 2 301016.jpg

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Frampton     The BITTERN again today along the edge of the reedbed in the NE corner of Court Lake. (Mark Hobson/Neil Smart/Nick Goatman).

Cleeve Hill     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still today at the far end of the heather enclosure. (Greg Mabbett /Tom Mabbett).

Berkeley shore     Two Turnstones, two Redshanks, a Dunlin, five Lapwings, a Curlew, three Rock Pipits, 69+ Meadow Pipits, six Little Egrets, nine Grey Herons and two Stonechats at high tide this  morning. (Paul Taylor/MK). A WATER PIPIT briefly at Berkeley shore on south of the pill at 2:45pm, four JACK SNIPES and four Stonechats. (Paul Taylor).

Sharpness     Two female type BLACK REDSTARTS and a Grey Wagtail foraging in the vicinity of the car park at the end of Dock Road at 9am. (Steve Brown/Paul Taylor).

Painswick Beacon     Passage over the Beacon today included 660 Fieldfares, 160 Redwings, four RING OUZELS, three Hawfinches and 22 Crossbills. (John Fleming).

Ham     A Barn Owl at 5:05pm today. (Paul Taylor).

Twyning     A Kingfisher at lunchtime along the River Avon close to The Fleet in Twyning. (Mike Jones).

Gloucester     At Gloucester Services South a Green Woodpecker today. (Steve Brown).

Newent     Garden birds today included two Coal Tits and 22 Long-tailed Tits. (Alan Hooper).

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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