Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Frampton     An exceptionally late Whitethroat and a Fieldfare ringed today. (Maurice Durham).

Purton     At the Timber Ponds a BITTERN showing well from 4:30–5pm at the edge of the reeds on the NE side of the inlet having two poles at the entrance. Also a Water Rail heard, a Kingfisher and circa 500 Starlings coming to roost. (Vic Polley)

WWT Slimbridge     The six CATTLE EGRETS left the South Lake roost at 8:25am. A female MERLIN around the Dumbles early afternoon. (Slimbridge Sightings/Mark Dowie).

Slimbridge     Six CATTLE EGRETS with cattle in a field adjoining the canal (NE of the canal bridge at Shepherd’s Patch on the approach to WWT Slimbridge) and visible from road to WWT mid-morning. Later relocating to field adjacent to A38 roundabout by Slimbridge school. (Pete & Marjo Lewis).

Berkeley shore     A WATER PIPIT near the mouth of Berkeley Pill early afternoon, with possibly a second bird here. Also an all-dark juvenile Marsh Harrier hunting  over the salt marsh here, then flying up the estuary. Also three Stonechats here. (Pete & Marjo Lewis).

Cleeve Hill     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still today, also seven Golden Plovers and 1000+ Woodpigeons. (Greg Mabbett).

Tewkesbury     At Tewkesbury Nature Reserve a Buzzard, a Kestrel, a Grey Heron, a Snipe, a Little Grebe, two Mute Swans, 13 Mallards and 100+ Starlings today. (Chris Vowles).

Forest of Dean     c40 Siskins near Meadowcliff pond, Steam Mills flushed by a Buzzard and c30 Redwings at Foxes Bridge. (Rose Smith).

Cheltenham    At Naunton Park this morning three Cormorants over high towards the SW, an unexpected garden tick.  Also a Buzzard. (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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