Sunday 11th December 2016

Tewkesbury     A male EASTERN BLACK REDSTART on the eastern side of Tewkesbury Abbey (originally reported as Black Redstart) for its 5th day. This is the first record for Gloucestershire. Best viewed from the field behind the Abbey between the river and the Abbey fence. Park behind the Abbey by the cricket club in the Pay & Display car park £1/1hr. (Gavin Peplow et al). Pic by Jon Mercer.eastern-black-redstart-2-111216

2nd Pic MK. eastern-black-redstart-111216

A GREAT WHITE EGRET was beside the River Avon near Tewkesbury Sailing Club this morning then flew off N. (Sarah Loaring).

Saul     Two CATTLE EGRETS in a tree at the lake next to the paddocks, W of the B4071 in Saul on a footpath opposite Church Lane and the church, and seven Little Egrets at 8:20am. (Roy Widgery).

Crickley Hill     2+ Bramblings with Chaffinches mid-morning. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.brambling-111216

Frampton     A CATTLE EGRET flew out of the roost on Court Lake this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Mute Swans, 150 Greylags, 40 Canada Geese, three Grey Herons, 1000 Wigeon, c100 Teal, four Gadwalls, eight Pintails, ten Shovelers, a Water Rail heard, 150 Lapwings, a Golden Plover, five Snipe, three Skylarks, 1 or 2 Meadow Pipits, 75 Redwings and 50 Fieldfares along the canal and 1 or 2 Bullfinches today. (Mike Smart).

Berkeley shore     200+ Lapwings, 18 Canada Geese, 16 Redshanks, three Shelducks and 40 Wigeon. (Andrew Jones).

Woodmancote     In the garden today two Blackcaps, two Siskins and two Lesser Redpolls. (John Widgery).

Chedworth     In all the fields, hedges and gardens on Field Road flocks of 1000+ Redwings, Fieldfares and Blackbirds. Later in the area 50+ Linnets with numerous flocks of 20+ Chaffinches, c6 Bullfinches, six Yellowhammers, a Goldfinch, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, six Skylarks, a Green Woodpecker and a Goldcrest and a constant steam of thrushes migrating E to W. (Chris Berens).

Bussage     In Frith Wood early morning five Jays, a Treecreeper, a Mistle Thrush and a female Sparrowhawk. Garden birds included two Greenfinches, a Nuthatch, a female Bullfinch and a pair of Collared Doves. (Michael Cook).

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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