Monday 19th October 2020

Chavenage Lane area     A male MERLIN, two Red Kites, seven Stonechats, 80+ Fieldfares and 350+ Golden Plovers which eventually circled to roost in fields near the Barton End lay-by. (Terry Grant).

WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET around the site this morning. A Curlew Sandpiper and a Little Stint from Zeiss hide today. A wing-tagged Marsh Harrier on the Bottom New Piece. (Ian Hull).

Sharpness     A Common Sandpiper today. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton pools     This afternoon 87+ Mute Swans, a pair of Egyptian Geese, 17 Shovelers, 13 Wigeon and Water Rail calling, 11 Cormorants, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Coal Tit, a Siskin, 200+ Woodpigeons NW and an adult Yellow-legged Gull still on the Sailing Lake. Also eight Pochards (5m), 28 Gadwalls, a drake Mandarin, three Little Egrets, a Stonechat, three Chiffchaffs with tit flocks, a Grey Wagtail and 30+ Redwings. (MK/Gordon Hodgson).

Egyptian Geese by Mike King

Yellow-legged Gull by Mike King

Forest of Dean      24 Mandarins (14 m) on Cannop S pond this afternoon, also two Grey Wagtails on the sluice at the S end and a Great Spotted Woodpecker near the N end.  (Andy & Sue Gibbons)

Ashleworth Ham     A Whooper Swan and a Barnacle Goose today. (Rob Lewis).

Stinchcombe Hill     This morning four Crossbills, 17 Chaffinches, 21 Redwings, two Linnets and a Siskin. (James Robinson).

Longney     Early afternoon birds included two Little Egrets, 19 Mallards, a Cormorant, three Stonechats (2m, 1f), three Fieldfares, ten House Sparrows, two Goldfinches, four Pied Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, 150+ Carrion Crows, a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk. (John Fletcher).

Stonechat by 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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