Monday 5th October 2020

WWT Slimbridge     A BITTERN very briefly from Kingfisher hide today. (Alan Bryant). Two female MERLINS at Mid Point. Also there a Wheatear, a Rock Pipit, 13 Siskins, a Lesser Redpoll, a Peregrine, ten Grey Plovers, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Little Stint. In the Goose House Ground two Whinchats, 3+ Stonechats, 12 Swallows, a Kingfisher, 12 House Martins and a female Marsh Harrier. A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper on the Top New Piece. (Neil Smart/Les Ditchburn/Alan Jones/Slimbridge Sightings).

Slimbridge     A Peregrine on St John’s Evangelist church in the village at lunchtime. (Phil Cull).

Forest of Dean     A Dipper and a Kingfisher at the Stoneworks at Cannop Ponds at lunchtime. (Bettie Sloane). At Mitcheldean a garden stand-off between a young Sparrowhawk and a Magpie. Also a juvenile Buzzard on a post being mobbed by crows. (Chris Keeling).

Aldsworth     Two Red Kites on Pheasant roadkill just outside Aldsworth this morning. (Mike Cook).

Frampton Mansell     At Chapmans Cross this afternoon c150 Golden Plovers, put to flight by a low flying Peregrine which flew straight through them and on to the top of the Telecom Tower. Also two Stonechats in Emmerson Lane , 20+ Linnets, c30 Meadow Pipits, 50 Redwings over heading W and a Swallow at Duntisbourne at 4pm. (Mike Cook).

Nailsworth    Birds over S early morning included three BRAMBLINGS, 31 Chaffinches, 25 Goldfinches, 76 Linnets, 12 Siskins, a Crossbill, 14 Swallows, four Golden Plovers, 25 Meadow Pipits, five alba Wagtails, 11 Song Thrushes and a Hobby. (Francis Steuck).

Netheridge Farm     At the Barn Owl Centre a Whinchat, 9+ Skylarks and six Siskins over, a Mistle Thrush and a singing Song Thrush. (Mark Hobson).

Frampton     A GREAT WHITE EGRET and six Little Egrets over the village heading for Court Lake. On the Sailing Lake 16 House Martins, three Swallows, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Cetti’s Warbler and 25 Curlews over. (Nick Goatman).

Cleeve Hill     A Wheatear near the radio masts. (Paul Rich).

Whitminster    A Whinchat, three Stonechats, a Siskin, 27 Curlews, a Little Owl and 20 Swallows and ten House Martins S this morning. (Rich Baatsen).

Ashleworth Ham     Late evening until dark birds included 16 Teal, 45 Mallards, eight Canada Geese, five Greylags, two Mute Swans, three Buzzards and two Tawny Owls heard. (John Fletcher).

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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