Monday 5th November 2018

Frampton pools     The WOODLARK still with c50 Skylarks on stubble viewed from Marsh Lane in the first field on the right, S of the Sailing Lake, at SO7474306502 until flushed by the farmer flailing hedges into the first kale field on the right after the Sailing Lake at SO7510206689. The bird is very elusive and difficult to see in the stubble and a scope is necessary. Also this morning the adult Yellow-legged Gull still on the Sailing Lake, 140+ Coots and along Marsh Lane six Mistle Thrushes, a Fieldfare, two Yellowhammers, three Reed Buntings, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Green Woodpecker. (MK/Paul Rich).

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Dowdeswell Reservoir     The RED-BREASTED MERGANSER still present today until 4:45pm. (Arthur Ball/Dave Pearce/Duncan Dine/Keith Jennings/Mark Dowie). Pic by Arthur.

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WWT Slimbridge     A BITTERN giving prolonged views on the cut area in front of Zeiss hide today. Also three Water Rails and two Cetti’s Warblers. (Ian Hull).

Gloucester     A parakeet, probably Ring-necked) seen and heard flying over St Michaels Square at 12:55pm today. (Andy Langley). At Horsbere Flood Storage Lake birds included three Mute Swans, two drake Teal, a pair of Wigeon, two Grey Heron, a Snipe, a Kestrel, two Ravens, c10 Meadow Pipits and a Reed Bunting. (Gordon Avery).

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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