Frampton and Berkeley

Saturday 27th October 2007
A dull but milder day, with light winds increasing and short spells of very fine misty rain. Out with Andy early this morning, first stop was Splatt Bridge at Frampton where there was a Barn Owl carrying prey near the bridge, at least 2,000 Starlings leaving their roost in the reed-bed north of the bridge, plus a Kingfisher, a Sparrowhawk, a Curlew, a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, two Grey Herons, three Ravens, 30 Fieldfares and a smaller number of Redwings. Four Teal were at the south reed-bed.

We then moved on to the Severn shore at Berkeley power station for the 10.1m high tide. The star sighting here was two Red-breasted Mergansers flying across the river and disappearing into the gloom. Other birds included two Rock Pipits, six Meadow Pipits, three Grey Plovers, 14 Redshanks, 64 Canada Geese, 40 Lapwings, three Curlews, three Cormorants, at least 40 Fieldfares, a few Redwings and four Ravens. Two or three Tree Sparrows were heard calling near the power station perimeter fence (photo of Rock Pipit above).


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