Monday 23rd October 2017

Cleeve Hill      This morning a ringtail HEN HARRIER flew W over Postlip Valley at 12:30pm. A GREAT GREY SHRIKE and male and female RING OUZEL were near the Washpool and there was at least one Corn Bunting with 50+ Skylarks at West Down. Overhead migrants included three Bramblings, 200 Chaffinches and four Lesser Redpolls. Also a Kestrel, a Green Woodpecker, two Ravens, 11 Fieldfares, 220 Redwings and two Mistle Thrushes. (Andy Jayne/John Fletcher/Martin Greenish). Pic by John.Great Grey Shrike & Ring Ouzel 231017

WWT Slimbridge     A male MERLIN from Zeiss Hide on the Dumbles early afternoon. (Ian Hull). Two female Stonechats today from Holden Tower. (Jack Wiseman).

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Forest of Dean     A probable Great Grey Shrike seen briefly silhouetted at top of a field maple, then moved to a beech tree and disappeared at Forge Hill, Lydbrook at 2:30pm. (Chris Sullivan).

Rodley     40 Ruff in a huge ploughed field opposite Epney, feeding with gulls and Lapwings. Also a Wheatear in the same field, and an adult Mediterranean Gull with Black-headed Gulls in fields nearby. (John & Viv Phillips).

Epney     A Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Ruff, a Kingfisher and a Stonechat off Epney tonight at dusk. (Jeremy Squire).

Tewkesbury     A Red-legged Partridge on the garden lawn this morning, a garden tick. (Les Ditchburn).

Stroud     VisMig at Horns Road this morning a Crossbill, seven Bramblings, 125 Chaffinches, 72 Redwings, seven Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, 20 Meadow Pipits, 11 Linnets, 14 Greenfinches and three Siskins. Also a Hawfinch over Bisley Road. (Francis Steuck).

Quedgeley     14 Redwings over Shelduck Road, also six Meadow Pipits and a Mute Swan. (Steve Pullen).

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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