Monday 1st November 2021

WWT Slimbridge    Two late GARGANEYS amongst 1000+ Teal on the Top New Piece today. The BITTERN seen in flight from Van de Bovenkamp hide then landed in reeds. (Martin McGill). This morning five White-fronted Geese on the sand bank on the river. (Neil Smart). The SPOONBILL flew over the Tack Piece mid-morning and headed towards Frampton. (Jon Mercer). From the Robbie Garnett hide today the Bewick’s Swan, 11 Redshanks, a Spotted Redshank, a Shelduck, 14 Pintails, ten Wigeon, 12 Teal and a Little Egret. Also this afternoon c80 Curlews. (Dave Tait).

Bewick’s Swan by Dave Tait

Frampton     A Cattle Egret on the sheep field between Court Lake and the Court this morning. (Les Ditchburn). Around the pools later two Crossbills, four Bramblings, 12 Curlews over, the adult Yellow-legged Gull on the floating shed, a Chiffchaff and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Nick Goatman).

Dursley     At Whiteway two Bramblings with a few Chaffinches feeding on Beech mast along the road to Stinchcombe Hill at ST761967. (Vic Polley).

Stinchcombe Hill     At least 20 Bramblings in the hawthorns around the 16th tee today. (Roberta Goodall).

Tewkesbury     A male Ring Ouzel reported in the grounds of Avon Lock this afternoon. (per BirdGuides).

Alvington     A Red Kite drifted over Clanna Country Park going E mid morning. (Paul Woolams).

Nailsworth     A steady movement of birds, mainly S down the Valley this morning. During a short count between 7:35-8:20 am a male MERLIN headed for Minchinhampton Common after being attacked by two Ravens, 200+ Wood Pigeons, 110+ Redwings with at least one Fieldfare and 85+ Chaffinches, some of which flew W. (Terry Grant).

Calcot/Chavenage Lane     11 Stonechats, three Kestrels, 1200+ Wood Pigeons and 500+ Golden Plovers circling for most of the afternoon. (Terry Grant).

Forest of Dean    A Dipper behind the Fountain Inn in Parkend this morning. (Bettie Sloane). Two Goosanders, 4+ Stonechats, Jays and many Siskins in the Crabtree Hill area this morning. (Mike Davis).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two pairs of Mute Swans, 240 Greylags, 70 Canada Geese, 150 Wigeon, 225 Teal, 25 Mallards, 25 Shovelers, a Buzzard, two Snipe, 4+ Skylarks and five Meadow Pipits. (Mike Smart).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage area a Peregrine, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, male and female Stonechat, a Redwing, two Greenfinches and a Meadow Pipit. (Dave Stone).

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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