Sunday 1st January 2017


Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Fishers Close and surrounding streets. Strictly no parking in Fishers Close, there is a public car park near the Bell pub 5 minutes walk away or find alternative parking in the town. Please show the residents respect and as much privacy as is possible. There will be a collection for Kate’s Home Nursing  please give generously on site or on-line.

Saul     Three CATTLE EGRETS and ten Little Egrets in horse paddocks beside the Arlingham road just past Cadbury Bridge this morning. (MK/Roy Widgery).

WWT Slimbridge     Three OTTERS from Kingfisher Hide, also a Goshawk, a Sparrowhawk, and 14 Ruff and a Little Stint and 122 Bewick’s Swans on the Rushy. (Nigel Pleass). Also a Marsh Harrier went through past Holden Tower. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Arlingham     A Barn Owl at 8:08am. (MK).

Epney     A Yellow-legged Gull on the riverbank this afternoon. (Jeremy Squire).

Ashley     This morning a Woodcock, a Corn Bunting, 35+ Yellowhammers, 80+ Redwings, 168+ Fieldfares, six Skylarks, a Green Woodpecker, four Bullfinches, a Goldcrest and a Tawny Owl. (Mark Grieve).

Sharpness     A female/first-winter male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road today. (Andy Jordan).

Harnhill     Six Grey Partridges this morning. (Andy Lodge).

Forest of Dean     A female Brambling feeding with Chaffinches in the garden today. (Lewis Thomson).

Cotswold Water Park West     A pair of Goosanders and 56 Red Crested Pochards on Pit 44. (Jon Mercer).

Gloucester     Two Little Egrets on Daniel’s Brook Relief drain today. (Mark Hobson). 40+ Snipe, a Little Egret, four Reed Buntings, three Meadow Pipits, nine Teal and six Wigeon at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning. (Martin Greenish).

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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