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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.

Sunday 25th October 2020

Sharpness     An adult male BLACK REDSTART by tallest building along Dock Road this morning. (Andy Jordan). WWT Slimbridge     At Willow Hide a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF singing near the hide above the path and a Water Rail under the feeders. … Continue reading

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Saturday 24th October 2020

WWT Slimbridge     From Kingfisher hide a BITTERN seen twice flying between reedbeds this morning. (Aled Phillips). Rodborough     A SWIFT species, intermittently for 10 minutes only, at 2pm during rain. (Francis Steuck). Coombe Hill Meadows   Early morning from Grundon … Continue reading

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Friday 23rd October 2020

Frampton pools     14 Pochards, 12+ Shovelers, a pair of Wigeon, 30+ Tufted Ducks, 120+ Mute Swans, 200+ Coots, a Little Grebe, two Little Egrets, a Grey Wagtail, 40+ Meadow Pipits, a Lesser Redpoll, a Cetti’s Warbler seen, an adult … Continue reading

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Thursday 22nd October 2020

Frampton     A DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE this morning at Saul Warth soon relocated to Splatt flashes N of Splatt Bridge. (Neil Smart). Also early afternoon an adult Yellow-legged Gull flew in at 2:15pm, also Ruff, Greenshank, six Shelducks, a Water … Continue reading

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Wednesday 21st October 2020

Chavenage Lane     800+ Fieldfares and 130+ Redwings all coming in from the E this afternoon during rainy weather, also a Red Kite. (Terry Grant). Frampton    29 Little Egrets over the garden heading for the Court Lake roost just … Continue reading

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Tuesday 20th October 2020

WWT Slimbridge     Two BEARDED TITS flew out of the reedbeed islands at Martin Smith hide and flew S towards Zeiss hide. Also a Swallow over the Decoy this afternoon. (Scott Petrek). Frampton     At the Sailing Lake a very … Continue reading

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Monday 19th October 2020

Chavenage Lane area     A male MERLIN, two Red Kites, seven Stonechats, 80+ Fieldfares and 350+ Golden Plovers which eventually circled to roost in fields near the Barton End lay-by. (Terry Grant). WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET around the … Continue reading

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Sunday 18th October 2020

Rodborough Common     A male RING OUZEL at 9:20am. (Rich Hearn). WWT Slimbridge     A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER along the summer walkway. A calling SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at the Estuary Tower end of the walkway. Four Curlew Sandpipers, a Little Stint and … Continue reading

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Saturday 17th October 2020

WWT Slimbridge    A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER calling from the copse behind Knott/Willow hide at 11:20am but not seen. (Tim Salkeld). A Curlew Sandpiper still on the Rushy today. From Zeiss hide 34 White-fronted Geese, two Curlew Sandpipers and a Spotted … Continue reading

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Friday 16th October 2020

Purton     This morning a RING OUZEL sat in the top of a dead elm with a flock of Fieldfares. Later a calling WOODLARK went low overhead NE toward Stinchcombe Hill. Also four Siskins and two Lesser Redpoll flew N. … Continue reading

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