Monday 15th November 2021

WWT Slimbridge    Birds today included a Great White Egret flew over the grounds heading towards the Dumbles, an Avocet, 350-400 Golden Plovers, two Little Stints, three Curlews, c150 Dunlins and nine Ruff, 14 Russian White-fronted Geese, three Greenland-fronted Geese, a Ross’s Goose, two Ravens, two Marsh Harriers, c50 Fieldfares, 100 Redwings, c50 Meadow Pipits, a Skylark, four Common Gulls, four Water Rails, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Cetti’s Warblers and three Roe Deer. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton). Two BITTERNS from Van de Bovenkamp/Zeiss hide. (Jake King). Also three Stonechats there. (Les Ditchburn). Also a male Blackcap near the Willow Hide at 10:30am. (Nigel Gardener).

Bittern by Nigel Gardener

Tewkesbury     A Great White Egret along the River Avon, just up from the Sailing Club at 8:30am. (Sarah Loaring).

Coombe Hill Meadows     At 8am a Grey Heron, three Snipe, a Water Rail heard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfares and Redwings highly mobile along canal and five Lapwings. (Jeremy Holland). A putative Todd’s Canada Goose with the Greylags this evening, presumably the WWT bird. (Jeremy Squire). At first light 13 Mute Swans, many hundreds of Greylags flew out NE whilst still foggy, 35+ Canada Geese, 111 Wigeon, 76 Teal, 200 Mallards, eight Shovelers, two Pintails, a Sparrowhawk, a female Stonechat and a Cetti’s Warbler singing. (Mike Smart).

Gretton     A male Tawny Owl in a garden at dawn and again at dusk, also a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers on feeders and a male Siskin with a flock of Goldfinches and Blue Tits feeding on alder. (Sheila Wasley).

Siskin by Roger Wasley

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon birds included 14 Snipe, 39 Lapwings, 271 Wigeon, 41 Teal, six Pintails, 12 Shovelers, 73 Mallards, 102 Greylags, 19 Canada Geese, a Cormorant, three Grey Herons, 33 Fieldfares, four Goldfinches, three Chaffinches, 71 Starlings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Grey Heron by John Fletcher

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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