Saturday 16th November 2019

WWT Slimbridge     Two possibly three BITTERNS in front of the Zeiss hide today. On South Lake 111 Knot with a few Dunlins and Ruff amongst them and hundreds of Black-tailed Godwits. (Paul Cousins). On the Rushy at noon ten Bewick’s Swans, 46 Teal, 56 Pochards, 54 Pintails, 78 Shelducks, a Snipe and 19 Lapwings. (Helen Bojaniwska). Pics by Paul.

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Berkeley shore     Seven Jack Snipes this morning, also 16 Turnstones, three Stonechats (1 male), two Grey Wagtails and four Rock Pipits. (Paul Taylor).

Adlestrop     Four Goosanders flushed from the fishing lake by the A436 on this morning’s GNS walk. Also a Kingfisher. (Andy Lewis).

Cotswold Water Park West     A Marsh Harrier seen twice this morning at Shorncote Reedbeds, though distant. (Dave Collins).

Maisemore     Along Church Road, from the lake to the weir, mid afternoon birds included two Little Grebes, two Mute Swans, a Chiffchaff, five Goldfinches, a Mistle Thrush, two Jays, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, a Buzzard, a female Kestrel, two Ravens and a Cormorant. (John Fletcher).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Water is right up to the car park, so reserve is totally inaccessible from the canal towpath. Access from the northern Apperley side instead, 13 Mute Swans, 13 Greylags, 18 Canada Geese, 200 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 12 Mallards, eight Pintails, seven Shovelers, 56 Tufted Ducks, nine Pochards and two Coots. (Mike Smart/Andrew Godden).

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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