Tuesday 5th October 2021

WWT Slimbridge     The SPOONBILL still on site this morning. (Roy Kinchin). Three Spotted Redshanks on the Rushy and a male Mandarin briefly on Big Pen. (James Robinson). Two Swallows flew S over South Lake. (Dot Jones). Nine Golden Plovers on the estuary viewed from Middle Point. (Jonathan Bull). A Wheatear at Middle Point at midday. (Gordon Avery/Neil Smart). 12 Gadwall from Robbie Garnett hide. (Dave Tait).

Gadwall by Dave Tait

Frampton pools     At lunchtime a Hobby, two House Martins, 27 Tufted Ducks and three Pochards. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     Still five Grey Plovers close in, also 200+ Curlews and 100+ Dunlins more distant, a Little Egret, 12 Swallows and a House Martin flew S, 12 Meadow Pipits and a Chiffchaff. (MK).

Chedworth Airfield     Late afternoon, a MERLIN scattered a flock of 300+ Goldfinches without success, then flew S. (Steve Brown).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 57, 30+ House Martins and 2/3 Swallows feeding low, a Kestrel and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Steve Brown). 37 Pied Wagtails in South Cerney car park fields. At Shorncote Reedbeds a female Marsh Harrier, a Kingfisher, 11 House Martins, two Snipe, a Cetti’s Warbler, 82 Lapwings, three Canada Geese, 23 Mallards, 11 Pochards, nine Gadwalls, ten Wigeon, 21 Tufted Ducks, seven Shovelers, eight Mute Swans, six Moorhens, three Coots, two Grey Herons, two Buzzards and nine Cormorants. (John Fletcher/Andy Jayne). A Great White Egret on Pit 87. (Andy Jayne).

Marsh Harrier by John Fletcher

Alvington     Mid morning two Goshawks over Clanna Country Park. (Paul Woolams).

Chavenage Lane/Calcot area     80+ House Martins and 20+ Swallows mainly flying W and a Whinchat and two Stonechats. (Terry Grant).

Nailsworth     76 House Martins and 15 Swallows flew S between 4:40-5:50pm. (Terry Grant).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Cetti’s Warbler calling today. (Jeremy Squire).

Hardwicke     Two Swallows at Madam’s End early afternoon. (MK).

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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