Wednesday 31st October 2018

North Cotswolds     A juvenile HEN HARRIER briefly mid afternoon, but no further sign. (Mark & Ruth Hughes, Mark&RuthPics). Pic by Ruth.

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Cleeve Hill     A juvenile HEN HARRIER S of, and over Cleeve Hill trig point at 1:30pm. It was trying its luck amongst Linnet/finch flocks and being mobbed by corvids. (Harvey Sherwood).

WWT Slimbridge     From Zeiss hide at 11:35am a ringtail HEN HARRIER was hunting over the reeds on the river’s edge for 10 minutes. A female MERLIN chased a small bird for 5-6 mins over the reedbeds on the river edge and was lost to view over the river. Also two Peregrines, one on post with a kill and a male Sparrowhawk. Eight White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece and six from the Holden Tower. The Bewick’s Swan was with the captive ones on Big Pen and two Grey Wagtails in the Rushy. (Alan Baxter). Two adult Whooper Swans on the Bottom New Piece flood, viewable from Zeiss hide or Kingfisher hide, earlier that were on the Tack Piece. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Frampton pools     This morning two Crossbills over the Sailing Lake with eight Siskins, also 100+ Redwings, 20+ Fieldfares, four Curlews and 100+ Woodpigeons. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness     A Woodcock flushed, patch tick, and a Green Sandpiper and a Merlin flew through N this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbeds three GREAT WHITE EGRETS, 3+ Water Rails heard, a Green Sandpiper, six Snipe, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30+ Skylarks, five Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, 20 Fieldfares, five Redwings, four Song Thrushes, 5+ Cetti’s Warblers singing, 6+ Chiffchaffs, a pair of Bullfinches, 30+ Goldfinches and 15 Reed Buntings. (Jon Mercer).

Halmore     c20 Reed Buntings in an uncultivated field today. Also a white Buzzard and a Raven over. (Chris Newton).

Shab Hill     A Kestrel, 20 Meadow Pipits and three Roe Deer today. Nearby at Birdlip in the winter wheat 65+ Golden Plovers. (Gordon Avery).

Stroud     A Red Kite this afternoon over the Kingfisher trading estate in London Road. (Paul Lloyd).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill/Woorgreens Lake today a Kestrel, a Buzzard, five Redwings, a Grey Heron, a Goosander, two Cormorants, a Jay and five Fallow Deer. (Martin Russell).

Saul Warth     A late Chiffchaff, four Redshanks, 11 Meadow Pipits, two Grey Herons, a Buzzard and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Hucclecote     A male Sparrowhawk successfully took a sparrow in the garden today at Porchester Road. (Harold Smith).

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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