Saturday 30th October 2021

WWT Slimbridge     The first BEWICK’S SWAN of the winter on the Rushy this morning. A BITTERN from Martin Smith hide early morning. On South Lake at least 430 Black-tailed Godwits and 12 Knot. (Dot Jones).

Cleeve Hill     Two RING OUZELS still in bushes in the Washpool valley. Also a Mistle Thrush, two Sparrowhawk, two Kestrels and 20+ Redwings. (Tim Jukes).

Cambridge    Two Green Sandpipers on the flooded corner of the arable field immediately N of the entrance track to Cape Hall Farm off the A38, just N of Cambridge. (Scott Petrek).

Coombe Hill Meadows     From Grundon hide today nine Mute Swans, 120+ Greylags, 78 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, 102 Wigeon, 18 Shovelers, 156 Teal, 20 Mallards, two Coots, two Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Buzzard, eight Lapwings, 5+ Meadow Pipits, five Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, a pair of Stonechats, 2 or 3 Reed Buntings and 5+ Skylarks. (Sam Walker/Mike Smart).

Stinchcombe Hill    A Crossbill and several Redpolls heading W this afternoon. Bramblings now across the site feeding on Whitebeam and Spindle berries with Greenfinches and Bullfinches. Plenty of Blackbirds and Redwings too. (James Robinson).

Forest of Dean     At Cannop Upper Pond this morning seven WIGEON (2m, 5f), five Little Grebes, two Mute Swans, two Ravens and a small flock of Goldfinches at Cannop Lower Pond. (Chris Keeling).

Clanna, near Lydney     A male and female Stonechat this morning on Rodmore Lane. (Paul Woolams).

Cheltenham    At midday today a male Mandarin on Hatherley Park lake. (David Norman).

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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