Sunday 3rd November 2019

Sharpness     A SNOW BUNTING flew over N calling, but not seen, at 8:39am. A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER with a Tit/crest flock on the S side of the path to SARA at the end until midday at least. A Spotted Redshank on floods opposite the new development on the Berkeley by-pass until 2:15pm at least. (Andy Jordan). This afternoon a pair of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS flew in to the canal near the old railway bridge. (Mike Davis).

WWT Slimbridge     Two RICHARD’S PIPITS feeding along the seawall near the goose house at the end of the Summer Walkway. Also two Short-eared Owls hunting. Also today an adult Dark-bellied Brent along saltmarsh foreshore, eight Pink-footed Geese distantly on the Lower Dumbles, 13 White-fronted Geese on the Bottom New Piece and 275 Shovelers on South Lake. Also a BITTERN seen below Zeiss hide. (Martin McGill). c60 Knot on South Lake this morning. (Paul Masters).

Snowshill     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE hunting along hedgerows near the village this afternoon. (Roger & Sheila Wasley).

Forest of Dean     A GREAT GREY SHRIKE back at a traditional site today. (Frank Williams).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Brambling in trees close to golf clubhouse this morning. (James Robinson).

Frampton     A RICHARD’S PIPIT over the pools calling this morning also two Chiffchaffs, one singing, four Lesser Redpolls, six Siskins, 18 Fieldfares, 74 Tufted Ducks, 12 Gadwalls, a Green Sandpiper and four Little Grebes. (Nick Goatman). A Goosander flew S over Splatt Bridge at 11:30am today. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cotswold Water Park West    At Shorncote Reedbeds this afternoon until dusk a Little Grebe, a Little Egret, a Great White Egret, 12+ Grey Herons, an Egyptian Goose, a Shoveler, 25 Teal, c40 Tufted Duck, 8+ Water Rails calling, a Kestrel, three Buzzards, 21 Lapwings, four Snipe, two Barn Owls hunting after sunset, a Kingfisher, three Skylarks, c25 Meadow Pipits, two Grey Wagtails, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, c120 Fieldfares and 325 Redwings dropped in before dark, a pair of Stonechats, three Chiffchaffs, 6-7 singing Cetti’s Warblers, four Reed Buntings and 80+ Linnets. (Jon Mercer).

Roel Gate     Several very large flocks of Starlings flying over fields and strung out along power lines this afternoon. (Roger & Sheila Wasley).

Hawling     A Peregrine seen flushing birds from fields near the village late afternoon. (Roger & Sheila Wasley).

Haw Bridge     Two Mute Swans, 70 Canada Geese, ten Wigeon, 300 Black-headed Gulls, 40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 30 Herring Gulls on the floodwater and c10 Fieldfares in the big trees. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Still impossible to reach the Grundon hide from the canal bank so approach from the Apperley side. Two Mute Swans, 20 Greylags, 20 Wigeon, four Mallards, 27 Tufted Ducks, four Pochards and a Coal Tit, rarely recorded here. (Mike Smart).

Hucclecote     A Jay in the garden briefly at Porchester Road today. (Harold Smith).

Cirencester     A Hedgehog in the churchyard today. (Felicity Cobb).

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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