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Colin's Bird Diary

Posted Wednesday 24th October 2007 at 17:15 by Colin
Wednesday.
Ashleworth Ham Nature Reserve on a cloudy but dry and calm day which became sunny but still cold as the morning progressed. I walked along Ham Road after spending time in the hide where I noted 15 Teal, a Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, a Grey Heron and 3 Mallard on the pool. The Little Grebe and the Moorhens are scarce at this site. I was looking for the Great Grey Shrike but it was a no find. As I walked along the road, there were 73 Starlings on the wires near Colways Farm and...
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Colin's Bird Diary - 23rd October 2007

Posted Tuesday 23rd October 2007 at 21:31 by Colin
Slimbridge - Fine, sunny and cool.

The White-fronted Goose flock has increased to 39 birds, 7 (presumably the original 7) are away from the other 32, and one of the latter has a neck collar on it but it was too far away to read. There were 10 Bewick's Swans around the reserve today which is a slight increase. With the forecast easterly winds for most of the rest of the week, both of the above species should increase in number and who knows what else might turn up. A pair of Peregrines...
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Colin's Bird Diary - 20th October 2007

Posted Saturday 20th October 2007 at 19:05 by Colin
Saturday.
Early fog soon cleared to give a cool, sunny and calm day.

At Ashleworth there was little in the way of wildfowl, there being only 5 Teal and 8 Canada Geese around the scrape. As the mist was clearing, it was very pleasant and unexpected to see 7 Bewick's Swans overfly to the south in the direction of Slimbridge. These will be some of the first of the migrant swans to the Severn Valley.
Around Colways Farm there were a Grey and Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit....
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Colin's Bird Diary - 19th October 2007

Posted Friday 19th October 2007 at 19:25 by Colin
Updated Friday 19th October 2007 at 19:32 by Colin
I received a telephone call to say that the first of the Bewick's Swans had arrived at Slimbridge, so I went down there to take a look. I found 3 of the reported 6 on Rushy Pen including two well known birds from last winter (as told by their bill pattern). This really is the start of the winter. There was no sign of yesterdays Whooper Swans but there was one extra adult European White-fronted Goose.

In the afternoon, I had a walk through Nagshead RSPB reserve, here in the Forest...
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Colin's Bird Diary - 18th October 2007

Posted Friday 19th October 2007 at 19:21 by Colin
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Ashleworth Ham Nature Reserve - Cold, calm and sunny. Early morning temperature in the Forest of Dean was only 1 deg C.

When I arrived at the hide at Ashleworth, there was a flock of 16 Snipe flying around, a lone Goldcrest was in the thicket near the hide. I scanned all around the reserve from the hide and eventually refound the Great Grey Shrike. I was expecting to not find this bird as I had thought that it might have been a bird on passage and the night had...
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