Saturday 16th to Friday 22nd October 2021 Summary

WWT Slimbridge highlights during this period included a showy BITTERN, the long-staying Spoonbill, two Cattle Egrets, two Great White Egrets, a Whooper Swan, three White-fronted Geese, four Egyptian Geese, a Marsh Harrier, three Spotted Redshanks and the usual autumn build up of waders and wildfowl. On the 17th an adult Common Gull ring number JC844, age at least 4 years, ringed on 3 June 2018 at Store Revlingen, Rygge, Ostfold, Norway. (Andy Gibbons)

Frampton pools had a Goshawk on the 16th and a Firecrest on the 19th. (Nick Goatman). Two Cattle Egrets on the 17th, presumably same as at WWT. (Nick Goatman/Martin Price). Eight Egyptian Geese went N past Splatt Bridge on the 22nd. (Gordon Hodgson).

New Bridge near Clapton-on-the Hill had a female Marsh Harrier on the 22nd. (Keith Jennings).

Painswick Beacon had a Ring Ouzel and six Bramblings on the 21st and 187 Bramblings on the 22nd. (Francis Steuck).

Lydney had a Common Sandpiper on the 16th per @stralachlan. At Alvington a late House Martin over Clanna Country Park on the 20th. (Paul Woolams). In Mitcheldean a Bullfinch feeding on rowan berries and a Kestrel seen off by a Magpie. (Chris Keeling).

Nailsworth, at Barton End on the 16th a female Merlin hunting in fields by the lay-by. (Terry Grant).

Chavenage Lane/Calcot area     110+ Chaffinches W, 25+ Redwings, ten Stonechats, 180+ Linnets, 40+ Yellowhammers, three Corn Buntings and a Red Kite. On the 17th in the Calcot area five Stonechats, two Red Kites, a female Peregrine, 240+ Golden Plovers over and a Hedgehog hunting in a meadow. (Terry Grant).

Hedgehog by Terry Grant

Daglingworth on the 16th 200+ Golden Plovers in fields near Itlay this afternoon, 150 Redwings and a late Swallow over. (Andrew Morrison).

Ozleworth two Red Kites on the 16th. (Paul Sutton).

Coombe Hill Meadows on the 19th two Mute Swans, 128 Greylags, 46 Wigeon, 62 Teal, ten Mallards, six Shovelers, five Grey Herons, c30 Skylarks, five Meadow Pipits, four Stonechats and a very late WHINCHAT. At Leigh Meadows four Mallards, two Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, eight Snipe, a Jack Snipe and a Grey Wagtail. At Cobney Meadow two Mute Swans, five Canada Geese, 24 Teal, 105 Mallards and five Grey Herons. (Mike Smart).

Stonehouse on the 20th a Short-eared Owl in flight quite high over the roundabout at M5/J13 at 5:15pm being mobbed by several corvids. (Michael Cook).

Bussage on the 20th two Crossbills in the top of a Sycamore, a garden first and two Noctule Bats feeding at dusk near adjacent woodland. (Michael Cook).

Cheltenham on the 21st in Eldorado Road and Crescent a Raven, a Jay, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Red Admiral butterfly. (Keith White).

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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