Sunday 6th November 2016

Frampton     At the reed bed N of Splatt Bridge a WATER PIPIT, two Water Rails, five Snipe and two Green Sandpipers. Nearby two adult Bewick’s Swans flew towards WWT over Saul Warth. (Gordon Hodgson). A GREAT WHITE EGRET on Court Lake at 12:30pm. (Martin Greenish). The BITTERN showed well but briefly on Court Lake in the reed bed mid-morning. (Paul Masters/Andy Chapman). Also a drake Red Crested Pochard on the Sailing Lake, seven Pochards and an adult Yellow-legged Gull still. (Nick Goatman).

Slimbridge      Three CATTLE EGRETS late morning 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. Also a Green Sandpiper on the dung heap. (Neil Smart/Martin Greenish).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Russell Inclosure this morning. (Clive Mowforth). 15 Crossbills at Crabtree Hill this morning. (Frank Williams).

Minchinhampton Common     A Golden Plover today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Miserden     At SO 931089 25 Golden Plovers in a field of winter wheat. At SO829089 five Snipe flushed from an arable field margin. Nearby at Workman’s Wood SO903110 a female Mandarin on a woodland pond. (Mark Lang).

Tirley Sandpits     Two Bullfinches, 15 Blackbirds, 11 Skylarks, five Meadow Pipits, 131+ Fieldfares, 15 Stock Doves, three Ravens, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, 62+ Redwings, two Lesser Redpolls, four Mistle Thrushes, 45+ Lapwings flew N, a female Sparrowhawk and ten Cormorants flew upriver. (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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