Sunday 1st October 2017

Painswick Beacon     Highlights this morning five Sparrowhawks, three Kestrels, 191 Stock Doves, 268 Skylarks, two Woodlarks at 10:20am, 227 Meadow Pipits, 1880 House Martins, 24 Swallows, 61 Chaffinches, 111 Linnets, 22 Mistle Thrushes and 15 Yellowhammers all moving S or SW. (John Fleming).

Frampton     Two Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd winter) briefly on the cricket pitch this morning. At Frampton shore a female Marsh Harrier from Splatt Bridge, also vismig included 475 Meadow Pipits, 45 alba Wagtails and 27 Reed Buntings. Also a Barn Owl and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull over Splatt Bridge. An immature Hobby over Court Lake this afternoon. (Francis Steuck). At the Sailing Lake the GREAT WHITE EGRET, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, 21 Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, 11 Swallows, a Siskin, seven Chiffchaffs, a Green Sandpiper, three Grey Wagtails and 72 Tufted Ducks. (Nick Goatman). This afternoon two Marsh Harriers, three Kestrels, 25 Curlews, 250+ small waders on the river and a Kingfisher. (Neil Smart).

WWT Slimbridge     On the Rushy a Spotted Redshank, a Curlew Sandpiper and a SPOONBILL, later on the river viewed from Holden Tower. The Red-breasted Goose with the feral Barnacle Geese on the Bottom New Piece viewed from Kingfisher hide. Also up to 45 Ruff on the reserve today. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 126 seven Ruff today. (Duncan Dine).

Cotswolds     At Hilcot two Ravens, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Grey Wagtail. At Colesbourne a Red Kite, a Raven, two Jays and a Nuthatch. At Cowley a Kingfisher on the brook. (Steve Brown).

Charlton Kings     A Whinchat and three Stonechats in a field behind Chase Avenue still today. (Tom Mabbett).

Twyning     A Buzzard and two Ravens, also Red Admiral and Large White butterflies, a male Migrant Hawker and a Common Darter Dragonfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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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