Friday 23rd October 2020

Frampton pools     14 Pochards, 12+ Shovelers, a pair of Wigeon, 30+ Tufted Ducks, 120+ Mute Swans, 200+ Coots, a Little Grebe, two Little Egrets, a Grey Wagtail, 40+ Meadow Pipits, a Lesser Redpoll, a Cetti’s Warbler seen, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and a Muntjac beside the Blue Pool. (MK). A Sand Martin and Swallow over the Sailing Lake at midday. (Martin McGill). The Sand Martin over the horse field late afternoon, also a Chiffchaff. (Nick Goatman). Vis-mig this morning N of Splatt Bridge 76 Meadow Pipits, 54 Redwings, 46 Linnets, 12 Fieldfares, 34 Lapwings, two Golden Plovers, eight alba Wagtails, 22 Chaffinches, two Bramblings, five Reed Buntings, a Swallow, a Rock Pipit, a Yellowhammer, a Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll. (Gordon Hodgson). Splatt Bridge late morning a Sand Martin, a Kingfisher and a Water Rail. (Bob Williams/Peter Humby).

Shoveler by Mike King

Ashleworth Ham    Early morning 83 Greylags, two Egyptian Geese, a Canada Goose in the overnight roost. 120 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 40 Shovelers, 80 Mallards, a Snipe, 40 Fieldfares and a Reed Bunting heard. (Mike Smart).

Cress Green     A Swallow hawking over a hedge SW of Cress Green at SO783046. (Nigel Birch).

Stinchcombe Hill     This morning a RING OUZEL heard alarm calling from deep cover but not seen, 11 Lesser Redpolls, three Siskins, four Chiffchaffs ,20+ Redwings, seven Skylarks, nine Meadow Pipits, 27 Chaffinches, 30+ Goldfinches and 18 Common Gulls. (Neil Smart).

Saul Warth     This evening c20 Curlews, a pair of Stonechats and two Mistle Thrushes. (Richard Williams). Saul village mid-morning a CATTLE EGRET, five Little Egrets and Mandarins. (Bob Williams/Peter Humby).

Chavenage Lane     700+ Redwings, 350+ Fieldfares and 45+ Chaffinches all from the E and NE, also two Stonechats. (Terry Grant).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Spotted Redshanks on South Lake. (Ian Hull). A Little Stint from Zeiss hide. 43 White-fronted Geese on the Bottom New Piece. (Tim Jukes).

Cotswold Water Park East    At Pit 132 two Dunlins, three Chiffchaffs and a Little Owl. (Duncan Dine).

Stanley Downton     22 Redwings flew W across the water treatment plant at 5:15pm. Also an adult Pied Wagtail and two juveniles. An adult Peregrine on a pylon at Ryeford 6:10pm. (Paul Sutton).

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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