Saturday 28th September 2019

Sharpness     A MANX SHEARWATER briefly off of Coastguards at 7:20am. Then off of Middle Point at 9:10am (Martin McGill) and finally off of Hock Ditch at 9:50am. It was drifting back down in the middle of the river at 10:25am. Also a female Stonechat and a female Sparrowhawk. (MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows     The LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER still distant this morning amongst Lapwing and Teal, from the Grundon Hide. Also a Jay on a fencepost near the Snipe Pool, and a Green Woodpecker and female Great Spotted Woodpecker from the dragonfly bench beside the canal. (Andy Jayne/Andy & Sue Gibbons). Wellies recommended.

WWT Slimbridge    A CURLEW SANDPIPER amongst the Dunlin and Ringed Plovers from Zeiss hide this morning. (Paul Masters). The juvenile Black Tern still over South Lake and the Spotted Redshank still. (Dot Jones/Matt Lathan). The SPOONBILL from South Lake again this afternoon. (Ken Mihill). The BITTERN showing well from Zeiss hide, also a juvenile Garganey, a Marsh Harrier, three Golden Plovers, a Peregrine and a Cetti’s Warbler singing this afternoon. (Craig Reed/Helen Bojaniwska).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge this afternoon a SANDWICH TERN flew downriver at 4:20pm, a Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 62 Meadow Pipits, 15 Swallows, eight Chiffchaffs and a SPOONBILL feeding mid-channel. (Gordon Hodgson).

Nailsworth     550+ House Martins and 20+ Swallows S during several brief watches today. (Terry Grant).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 57 two Hobbies this afternoon. (Terry Grant).

Gretton     A male Green Woodpecker digging up ants from a garden lawn this afternoon. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

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Gloucester     A female Pheasant in the garden today at 4:15pm at Bullfinch Road, Abbeydale. (Lori Besent).

Little Farmcote     15+ Swallows feeding over cattle at 10am. (Bob Fryer).

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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