Tuesday 1st October 2019

WWT Slimbridge     The BITTERN showed well from Zeiss hide today, also three Curlew Sandpipers, 129 Knot, three Greenshanks, a Spotted Redshank, two Sanderlings, 18 Dunlins, eight Ringed Plovers, a Little Ringed Plover, two Water Rails, two Cetti’s Warblers, a Garganey, a Peregrine and a Marsh Harrier. Two Wheatears from the viewing platform and three Bar-tailed Godwits. Two juvenile Black Terns still on South Lake. (Roberta Goodall/Paul Masters/Richard Tyler/Jon Mercer). A Goshawk S through the Top New Piece flushing everything, headed towards the canal. (Sam Walker). Pics by Richard.

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Another pic by Jon.

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Frampton     On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge at high tide this morning a first-winter Mediterranean Gull with 500+ Black-headed Gulls, three Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, a Hobby, two Buzzards, 100+ Swallows, c10House Martins, a Whinchat, two Chiffchaffs, 30+ Meadow Pipits, 4+ Skylarks and both Water Rail and Cetti’s Warbler heard. Also 10+ Common Darters, 4+ Red Admirals and a Green-veined White. (Neil Smart/MK).

Gloucester    A juvenile Hobby over Port Ham at Alney Island NR this morning. (Andy Jayne).

Berkeley shore     Six Wheatears, two Whinchats, a Rock Pipit and a Whimbrel amongst the Curlews. (Les Ditchburn).

Forest of Dean     A male Wheatear at Crabtree Hill at 8:04am. (Frank Williams).

Chapman’s Cross     c150 Golden Plovers in the second field on the left after Chapman’s Cross driving from Cirencester to Stroud at 7:35 this morning. (Mike Cook).

Hawling     This evening a female Sparrowhawk spooking Pheasants, a Barn Owl, c70 Red-legged Partridge and two Roe Deer. (Bob & Pauline Lakin).

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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