Thursday 2nd November 2017

Leckhampton Hill     The adult female SNOW BUNTING again today at cSO950181 on the path from Brownstones Quarry car park, Hill Farm. Also 43 Golden Plovers, 50 Skylarks, a Brambling, a male and female Bullfinch, 250 Linnets and 8+ Yellowhammers. (Andy Jayne/Chris Snook/Richard Tyler). Pics by Richard.

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Edge    At Rudge Hill two Hawfinches early morning. (Andy Jayne).

Cleeve Hill     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE by the Sheepwash Pool early morning, and again at the top of the heather enclosure later. Also a Short-eared Owl on the slopes above the Sheepwash Pool, 12+ Corn Buntings at Wontley Barn, and a Woodcock in West Wood. (Chris Stott).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Three male and two female Mandarins today, unusual here. (Andy Jayne).

Cam Green     A pair of Stonechats in a field behind Retro. Also two Buzzards, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, many Redwings and a Mistle Thrush. Also a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail behind Tesco. (Shane Long).

Nympsfield     At Tinkley Lane a Stonechat today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

WWT Slimbridge     A female MERLIN hunting Teal from the Martin Smith hide at 1:45pm. (Steve Pullen).

Arlingham     A Barn Owl hunting in orchard N of Arlingham SO711116 at 5:15pm tonight. (Antony Seabright). At Arlingham Passage a Stonechat today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Wotton-Under-Edge     150+ Common Gulls, six Pied Wagtails, and many Rooks and Jackdaws with grazing cows and sheep at Newark Park. (Katharine Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Whelford Pools around Pit 111 GWT reserve 26 Tufted Ducks, three Great Crested Grebes, 13 Coots, four Redwings, five Long-tailed Tits, two Goldcrests, four Grey Heron and seven Cormorants. (John Fletcher).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbed at Pit 85B three Cetti’s Warblers, three Water Rails heard, two Kingfishers, a Buzzard, 35 Redwings, a Song Thrush, seven Goldfinches, six Long-tailed Tits and c1000 Starlings came in to roost in reeds opposite the hide. At Pit 85A 13 Teal, three Little Egrets, a Sparrowhawk, two Water Rails, one seen and one heard, a Green Sandpiper, seven Shovelers (4 m), six Tufted Ducks, four Moorhens, two Cetti’s Warblers, four Stonechats (2m 2f), two Little Egrets, 35 Goldfinches and eight Mallards. (John Fletcher).

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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