Thursday 5th November 2020

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill this morning but very mobile. (Angela Carswell/Mike Ingleby/Chris Moore).

Frampton     Three CATTLE EGRETS, 25 Little Egrets, 26 Cormorants, two Egyptian Geese and 1000+ Starlings over all flying towards Court Lake. (Nick Goatman/Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge     The first Bewick’s Swans arrived this morning. Primero and Piquet, regulars on the Rushy for the last few years. Sadly Slimbridge will be closed during the lockdown. (Scott Petrek/Kate Fox).

Bewick’s Swans by Kate Fox

Whitminster     Early morning a calling Brambling flew over the garden. (Martin McGill).

Cotswold Water Park East     Five Green Sandpipers on Pit 132. Also an unusual very pale Pochard on Pit 125, a returning bird. (Duncan Dine).

Green Sandpiper by Duncan Dine

Pale Pochard by Duncan Dine

Witcombe Reservoirs     Mid morning three Great Crested Grebe, three Cormorants, two Buzzards, a male Kestrel, two Pied Wagtails, c15 Greylags and two Canada Geese. (Steve Mockford).

Ebley     A Dipper along Stroudwater Canal near Frome Gardens this morning. (Mrs Welbourn).

Standish     A mixed finch flock comprising c50 Chaffinches, c50 Greenfinches, four Linnets and a male Brambling using a strip of agricultural wild bird cover at Little Haresfield today. (Juliet Bailey).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening four Mute Swans, 340 Greylags, 220 Canada Geese, two Shelducks, c400 Wigeon, 10+ Teal, ten Mallards, six Pintails, ten Shovelers, two Tufted Ducks, a female Red Crested Pochard, a Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail calling from Broadmere, three Coots, 20 Lapwings, a Snipe and 30+ Fieldfares. (Mike Smart).

Nailsworth     VisMig from Barton End this morning pre 9:15am included a Hawfinch, a Tree Sparrow, four Corn Buntings, nine Bramblings, 3770 Woodpigeon, 1100 Starlings, 270 Golden Plovers and nine Lapwings. (Francis Steuck).

Stinchcombe Hill     This morning hundreds of Fieldfares heading S, also Redwings, Chaffinches and Woodpigeon flocks, a Reed Bunting, several Bramblings, five Linnets and ten Starlings. (James Robinson).

Berkeley     VisMig this morning included 51 Fieldfares, 18 Redwings, 39 Chaffinches, 23 Goldfinches, six Pied Wagtails, a Brambling, two Song Thrushes, a Cormorant, a Siskin, 12 Meadow Pipits and five Greenfinches. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Near Avening     30000+ Woodpigeons flying S all morning, some dropped in to feed and rest in fields before carrying on. Also 5000+ Starlings all coming in from the E with c80 Redwings and 120+ Fieldfares. Also 25+ Buzzards and a Red Kite in the same area. (Terry Grant).

Halmore     Garden sightings today included a Marsh Tit (a daily visitor since 25/10), up to 15 Goldfinches, up to six Long-Tailed Tits, two Coal Tits, a Greenfinch, a Song Thrush, a Nuthatch and a late Red Admiral. (Chris Newton).

Marsh Tit by Chris Newton

Goldfinches by Chris Newton

Maisemore     From Church Road, along the lake to the weir and upper parting this afternoon birds included 14 Mallards, 11 Moorhens, 51 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, four Goldfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Cormorants, a Buzzard and three Mute Swans. (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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