Sunday 10th November 2019

Cotswold Water Park West     A female Marsh Harrier at Shorncote Reedbeds NR hunting right in front of Hayward hide this morning. (Dave Soons). Pic by Dave.

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Saul/Frampton      The juvenile SHAG again on the landing stage of the flour mill N of Cadbury bridge at noon and on the canal there two hours later catching and eating a fish.  On the canal between Cadbury and Splatt Bridges a female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, repeatedly flushed by boats but favouring the same general area.  Also W of the canal (from the towpath) c25 Shelducks, a Grey Heron, two Little Egrets, two Kestrels and two Stonechat pairs.  (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

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Red-breasted Merganser 101119

Leighterton     A Merlin near Drews Farm this afternoon. Also large flocks of Fieldfares and Redwings. (Paul Rich).

Sharpness     This morning two Goldeneyes flew W through the Docks and then presumably S along the Severn. (Andy Jordan).

Winstone    c150 Golden Plovers circled then flew W over A417 near Winstone late morning. (Jon Mercer).

Leckhampton Hill     23 Golden Plovers and three Yellowhammers this afternoon. (Les Ditchburn).

WWT Slimbridge     Two juvenile Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Dumbles viewed from Zeiss hide this morning. (Mark Hobson). A Water Rail from Willow hide today. (Alan Mcilquham). Pic by Alan.

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Coombe Hill Meadows      Eight Mute Swans, 18 Greylags, 120 Canada Geese, nine Shelducks, 200 Wigeon, 20 Teal, ten Mallards, 22 Pintails, 34 Shovelers, four Gadwalls, 60 Tufted Ducks, 12 Pochards, a Goosander, two Little Grebes, 18 Lapwings, 300 Black-headed Gulls, five Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Sparrowhawk, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 50 Fieldfares and five Redwings today. Grundon hide still inaccessible. (Mike Smart/Andy Jayne).

Cheltenham     Five Nuthatches on a tree near the metal bridge in Pittville Park this afternoon. (Clare McNulty).

Gloucester     A Jay at Barnwood Arboretum this morning. (Simon Hart).

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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