Thursday 4th November 2021

WWT Slimbridge     A DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE on the Dumbles this afternoon. (Paul Masters). Three Bewick’s Swans on the Rushy. A GARGANEY on the Top New Piece. (Martin McGill). A Little Egret spent 30 minutes fishing in front of Martin Smith hide at 10:30am. (Dave Tait).

Little Egret by Dave Tait

Nailsworth     A fairly heavy movement of Fieldfares flying W between 1:35-3:35pm with a minimum of 1070 birds, also a female MERLIN being mobbed by crows also flying W. At Barton End at least 400 Golden Plovers circling over fields where a female Goshawk was hunting. Also belated news of 70 Fieldfares flying S down the Nailsworth Valley on the 30th October. (Terry Grant).

Cambridge     A female Kingfisher along the River Cam today. Also just off Ryall’s Lane near the Pumping Station four Greenfinches, a juvenile Little Grebe and two Buzzards. Several Mistle Thrushes along Ryall’s Lane and a Great Spotted Woodpecker heard at Tanglewood Farm. (Dave Abrams).

Kingfisher by Dave Abrams

Calcot/Chavenage Lane area     350+ Fieldfares flew W this morning. Also 11 Stonechats and 1500+ Wood Pigeons. (Terry Grant).

Frampton     At dusk this evening two Short-eared Owls and two Barn Owls from Splatt Bridge and two Little Owls by the church. (Colin Greenfield). At lunchtime at Court Lake, eight Fieldfares, six Redwings, two Siskins, a Treecreeper, 21 Wigeon, 67 Gadwalls, 40 Tufted Ducks and five Shovelers. (Nick Goatman). Also a male Bullfinch this morning. (Nigel Young).

Alvington     At Clanna Country Park early afternoon a Goshawk flew over heading E and a Red Kite flew high over heading W. (Paul Woolams).

Leckhampton     A male Blackcap on garden feeders this morning. (Chris Furley).

Coombe Hill Meadows   At least three Mute Swans, 160+ Greylags, five Canada Geese, 445 Wigeon, c10 Teal, four Gadwalls, 15 Mallards, three Pintails, 52 Shovelers, a Tufted Duck, two Grey Herons, two Lapwings, two Dunlin, 1 or 2 Skylarks over, 20 Pied Wagtails, a Stonechat, c80 Redwings, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and at least 1 Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

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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