Saturday 7th October 2017

WWT Slimbridge     A MANX SHEARWATER from Holden Tower at 9:39am, also two Marsh Harriers. Ten Little Stints, a Curlew Sandpiper, 18 Ruff and a Spotted Redshank from Zeiss hide. (Rob Werran). Also two Green Sandpipers here and at least 16 Snipe from Hogarth hide. (Morag Hughes). A WHOOPER SWAN and a Spotted Redshank on the Rushy at 8am. (Paul Daunter).

Hawling     A Short-eared Owl at 7:05pm, four Red Kites, a Peregrine, two Barn Owls, five Kestrels, 20+ Golden Plovers and three Yellowhammers. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish/Ken Hills).

Frampton pools     Around the pools today the GREAT WHITE EGRET, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, four Swallows, a Red Kite, two Lesser Redpolls, four Grey Wagtails, 22 Little Egrets, 102 Tufted Ducks, ten Great Crested Grebes and five Mistle Thrushes. (Nick Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park East     A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew slowly W over Pit 125, a patch tick. (Ian Ralphs).

Forest of Dean     At Cannop Ponds a Jay, Siskins feeding on an Alder tree, Ravens and Buzzards. Also a Southern Hawker dragonfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat     At Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair, three Goshawks (2 ads, 1 juv) Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, a Pied Wagtail, Goldfinches, Long-tailed Tits, a female Bullfinch, a Reed Bunting and Ravens. Other sightings included Red Admiral butterflies and an Orange Ladybird. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Halmore     Today a Mistle Thrush and a male Whinchat in fields here. Yesterday a Nuthatch on the peanut feeder, a garden first. (Chris Newton).

Selsley Common     VisMig from 8am-10:30am included 55 alba Wagtails, 50 Meadow Pipits, 18 Siskins, 36 Swallows and a Reed Bunting. (Francis Steuck).

Hardwicke     A Red Kite above the M5/J12 at 10:40am being mobbed by a corvid. (Stuart Evans).

Cheltenham     A garden female Pheasant, the 3rd record in 32 years, a female Sparrowhawk, five Long-tailed Tits and a Coal Tit today. (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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