Monday 8th November 2021

Prestbury     A very confiding SNOW BUNTING until mid-afternoon at least at Queenwood Grove at SO 97669 24155. (Ken Heron).

Snow Bunting by Mike King

Snow Bunting by Mike King

WWT Slimbridge    Three Bewick’s Swans, a Black Swan and an Avocet on the Rushy. Two Greenland White-fronted Geese, three Little Egrets and two Spotted Redshanks on the Tack Piece. A Water Rail from Willow hide. From Estuary Tower ten Russian White-fronted Geese, the Ross’s Goose, the immature SPOONBILL, seven Grey Plovers, a pair of Stonechats and a flyover Bullfinch. A Chiffchaff by Canoe Safari, three Ravens in Zeiss wood and three Great White Egrets from Zeiss hide. (Neil Smart/Martin McGill/MK). A Merlin flew from Zeiss hide towards the Estuary Tower and later on the Tack Piece. (Wayne & Lauren, NSL Birding/Dean Reeves).

Bewick’s Swan by Mike King

Black Swan by Mike King

Great White Egret by Mike King

Greenland White-fronted Geese by Mike King

Robinswood Hill     At 9am the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw calling around the car park briefly, before flying towards St. Barnabas church. Present for at least 17 years in the wild around this area. (Ian Elphick).

Temple Guiting    120 Golden Plovers and 50 Lapwings on farmland by Lots Barn, and a Woodcock flushed from a nearby copse. (Andy Lewis).

Shipton Oliffe    100+ Golden Plovers and 30 Lapwings SE of Shipton Oliffe beside the A40 near Coldrington Plantation early afternoon. (Dan Watson).

Cleeve Hill    VisMig over West Down this morning included c500 Fieldfares and 300 Redwings in groups of up to 50, also small groups of Corn Buntings. (Duncan Dine).

Leighterton area     3000+ Fieldfares and 2800+ Redwings flying around, feeding in fields and hedgerows. (Terry Grant).

Witcombe Reservoirs     WeBS count today included two Greylags, two Mute Swans, male and female Wigeon, 42 Mallards, two Teal, four Tufted Ducks, a Little Grebe, four Cormorant, five Moorhens, 32 Coots, 84 Black-headed Gulls, a first-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Little Owl 1 roosting in the orchard. (Gordon Avery).

Berkeley Pill     At high tide two Little Stints, 54 Redshanks, a Curlew, two Grey Herons, 71 Wigeon, 18 Teal and 14 Mallards. (Dave Emery).

Sharpness     A Peregrine on the silo at the docks. (Dave Emery).

Slimbridge     The Peregrine on Slimbridge church again today at 8:30am and still there at 12:15pm. (Lise Presland/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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