Saturday 17th November 2018

Twyning     At midday at Upham Meadow a Greenland White-fronted Goose (fitted with a radio transmitter) with 128 Canada Geese and six Greylags at the southern end opposite the caravan park. The bird roosted across the river in Worcestershire. (Mike Smart). Pics by Andy Warr.

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From Tony Fox:

This bird is an adult female Greenland White-fronted Goose caught in Hvanneyri, W Iceland on 23 September 2017, after several days at Hvanneyri, it shifted westwards within Iceland to spend the remaining time staging in Myrar. That autumn it overshot Wexford, hit the Brittany coast and looped round back over Cornwall to arrive finally at Wexford where it wintered.

In autumn of 2018, it left Iceland on 24 October sometime after 2:37pm and was midway across the sea 2am on 25 October, but was clearly drifting very far E, ending up in mid North Sea arriving off Texel 5pm. She clipped Goeree S of Rotterdam 8pm, and a little later left the Belgian coast off Zeebrugge reaching the English coast 0:30am 26 October at the mouth of the Deben Estuary. It looped SW and departed the southern English coast between Newhaven and Seaford, heading for the French coast, which it reached about 7am same day, just N of Le Havre. Then it headed NE and just inland of Calais at midday swung NW and crossed the Channel again, coming into NE Kent mid-afternoon on 26 October. She headed for the N coast and seem to rest on the sea. It seemed to land in a field just inland from there, but at midnight set off W, following the N coast of Kent, continuing over just S of Heathrow at 3pm on 27 October. She stopped briefly for a few hours 7-9pm in fields near Aynho, at southern end of Northamptonshire before heading on, and probably roosted in N Gloucestershire before heading onwards. By 5:50pm on 28 October reached gravel pits at Great Comberton and has been on the Glos/Worcs border ever since.

GWF map

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four Mute Swans, 30 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 25 Mallards, six Shovelers, three Grey Herons, 21 Snipe, two JACK SNIPE, 12 Meadow Pipits, a pair of Stonechats and c150 Fieldfares and c50 Redwings. (Mike Smart).

Daglingworth     A BLACK REDSTART for at least an hour at Manor Farm, Lower End this morning. Also two Stonechats and a Reed Bunting. (Andrew Morrison).

Frampton     A GREATER SCAUP on Court Lake and two Goldeneyes and a Chiffchaff at the Sailing Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park East     The adult GREAT NORTHERN DIVER moulting into winter plumage still on Pit 125 today. (Merv Carlyon). Pic by Merv. A Green Sandpiper on the new pit Pit 112 on the W side of CWP(E). Also a small party of Siskins and a Peregrine at Pit 126. (Ian Ralphs).

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WWT Slimbridge     Two JACK SNIPE from Martin Smith hide and the two unringed adult Common Cranes on the Dumbles again. (Paul Masters/Jon Mercer).

Little Barrington    150 Lapwings and 200 Golden Plovers in autumn sown cereal at Leys Farm. (Ian Ralphs).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair and a female Peregrine intruder, three Red Kites, two Goshawks, three Sparrowhawks, a Jay, Ravens, Redwings, Lapwings, four Wild Boar and two Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Forest of Dean     Around Nagshead a flock of Bramblings, very skittish along the top track, a Redwing, a Goldcrest, a Nuthatch, several Jays and a Great Spotted Woodpecker today. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.

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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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