Sunday 18th December 2016

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today but flighty and mobile at SO719117 in a small, narrow, rough field on the edge of the river with a small, mistletoe-covered hawthorn in the middle of it. (Pete & Marjo Lewis/Neil Smart).

Saul     Three CATTLE EGRETS still today in various horse paddocks and fields around the village. (Vanda Owen/Roy Widgery).

Quedgeley     A male Blackcap in the garden today, first of the winter. (MK).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today three Mute Swans, four Wigeon (1m), nine Teal, 16 Mallards, a Grey Heron, six Coots, ten Moorhens, four Snipe, 73 Black-headed Gulls, two Common Gulls, three Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 12 Herring Gulls and male and female Stonechats. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Salperton     500 Golden Plovers and 220 Lapwings and many winter thrushes. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.fieldfare-181216

Birdlip    This afternoon in the field by the A417 junction with the Birdlip road 381 Golden Plovers and 20 Skylarks. Also nearby, further E in woods around Cuckoopen Farm a Brambling in with a small flock of Chaffinches. (Martine Fenn).

Bourton-on-the-Water     On Bourton Pits 220 Lapwings circling over the South Pit. Also 78 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, a Red Kite and a Sparrowhawk.  On the North Pits, four Shovelers and two Mandarins. (Andy Lewis).

Ashley     170+ Linnets, 175 +Fieldfares, 70+ Redwings, two Corn Buntings, 27+ Yellowhammers, four Bullfinches and a Mistle Thrush. (Mark Grieve).

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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