Tuesday 1st November 2016

Slimbridge      The six CATTLE EGRETS presumably roosted on South Lake, WWT again. They were relocated in Slimbridge village in the field immediately adjacent to the A38 roundabout, park in the car park at the Legion Shop, and not outside the school. They returned to South Lake at 3:30pm. (Slimbridge Sightings/Paul Rich/Mark Grieve).

WWT Slimbridge    On South Lake 58 Mallards, a Grey Heron, 49 Tufted Ducks, 56 Shovelers, three Pochards, a Little Grebe, 203+ Teal, a Shelduck, 51+ Lapwings, a Grey Wagtail and a Snipe. From Zeiss hide 25 White-fronted Geese, a Cetti’s Warbler, 542+ Lapwings, 100+ Wigeon, 42 Black-tailed Godwits, five Redshanks, five Snipe, two Water Rail, 600+ Teal, 25 Shelduck and a Redwing over. From South Finger/Kingfisher hide, 700+ Wigeon, 80+ Teal, two Golden Plovers, 292 Lapwings and 35 Curlews. From Holden Tower/Holden Tower walkway, a Grey Wagtail, 100+ Teal, 15 GCRP Common Cranes, two Peregrines, 200+ Lapwings, two Dunlins and three Golden Plovers. On the Rushy 18 Pintails, 53 Pochards, 54 Teal, 25 Shelducks and 50 Tufted Ducks. (Mark Grieve).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote reedbed, birds included two Water Rails, two Little Egrets, a Stonechat and four Cetti’s Warbler today. (Ali Brooks).

Sharpness     Two BLACK REDSTARTS again at the end of Dock Road today. (David Hanks).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Ponds a Kingfisher, Mandarins and a Treecreeper. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil. kingfisher-011116

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrine pair, four Buzzards, two Ravens,  Jays, Long-tailed Tits, a Moorhen, Redwings and two Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Winchcombe     A male Blackcap in the garden today. (Peter Rodgers).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Water remaining on the Long Pool only.  Otters have been seen from the Long Pool hide twice in last three days, feeding on stranded carp and eels. (Gavin Black, 29th). Birds included 140 Teal, two Gadwalls, ten Mallards, a Shoveler, two Grey Herons, a male Sparrowhawk, two Snipe, six Meadow Pipits, two Skylarks, 60 Fieldfares, ten Redwings and 25 Goldfinches. (Mike Smart).

Cheltenham     A Tawny Owl calling at 9:15pm outside The Gloster Old Spot Pub. (Mark Grieve).

Cherington     At Cherington Lake birds included 81 Redwings, two Little Grebes, five Long-tailed Tits, 11 Coots, a Green Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, two Grey Wagtails, a Jay and a Tawny Owl hooting at 4:15pm. (John Fletcher)

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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