Wednesday 27th December 2017

Gloucester     The female PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204. Also a Cockatiel. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Rob Freckleton). This morning in the garden at Park Avenue, Longlevens, two Long-tailed Tits, a Coal Tit and a Goldcrest, the first in 47 years here. (Pam and Frank Bryant).

Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER in the marina or on SARA pool still today. For birders visiting for the Diver, the bird is now being regularly seen in the ‘marina’ area. Please keep strictly to the towpath and/or footpath through this area. With patience you will see it well either side of the marina. Also a female type BLACK REDSTART on the NedWest building at the end of Dock Road. (Paul Taylor/Andy Jordan/Andy Jayne/Tom Weston-McClung).

WWT Slimbridge     A juvenile Glaucous Gull reported on South Lake mid morning. No further details or sign so far. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Frampton pools     The Whooper Swan and the Yellow-legged Gull still, 11 Shovelers, 61 Tufted Ducks, 60 Gadwalls, 31 Teal, 333 Coots, two Lapwings, eight Great Crested Grebes, five Little Grebes, three Little Egrets, two Kingfishers, a Grey Wagtail and a Tawny Owl today. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this afternoon. (Ben Locke).

Berkeley     At the flood near Wickselm 20 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 75 Teal, 28 Mallards, six Shovelers, two Grey Herons, two Ravens, a pair of Stonechats and a Hawfinch. (Andy Jayne). Garden birds today at The Leys included a Great Spotted Woodpecker, five Long-tailed Tits, a Wren and nine Blackbirds. (Paddy Doyle).

Elmore     A Barn Owl flew across the lane at dusk. (Andy Jayne).

Quedgeley     Garden visitors today included two Blackcaps (1m, 1f), 12 Greenfinches (a garden record!), 18 Chaffinches, 25 Goldfinches, up to 14 Blackbirds, a Rook and a Grey Squirrel. (Steve Pullen).

Bussage     Today on the garden feeders birds included numerous Goldfinches, four Siskins, two Lesser Redpolls, two Greenfinches, a Coal Tit, a pair of Blackcaps, a Treecreeper, several Chaffinches and a female Brambling. Mid afternoon seven Redwings and two Fieldfares on Cotoneaster. (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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