Thursday 28th December 2017

Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on the SARA pool today. Also a BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road early afternoon. For birders visiting for the Diver, the bird is also 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. (Paul Taylor/Geoff Moyser).

Berkeley shore     A WATER PIPIT this afternoon. Also a Barn Owl along Mill Lane at dusk today. (Paul Taylor).

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER on Pit 125 Bowmoor Sailing Club lake still this afternoon. (Dave Morgan/Duncan Dine).

Gloucester     The female PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204. Also a Kingfisher. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Gary Palmer/Susan Payne).

Wotton-under-Edge     A male Brambling with a mixed finch flock at Bradley Barn Farm today. (Paul Rich).

Cheltenham     A probable female/immature Black Redstart on the industrial estate at the junction of The Runnings and Runnings Road this morning. (Robert Homan).

WWT Slimbridge     A female MERLIN hunting along the hedge in front of Holden Tower today. (Les Ditchburn).

Westonbirt     A Hawfinch at Westonbirt Arboretum near the canopy walkway today. (Daniel Moden).

Rodborough     A pair of Stonechats on the side of Rodborough Common at SO845029 today. (Susanne Zamze).

Bussage     Five Jays in the garden early this morning and a male Goldeneye at noon on the large lake at Toadsmoor. (Michael Cook).

Forest of Dean     A Dipper and 30+ Hawfinches at Parkend today. (Thomas Winstone/Sam Walker). At Cinderford Linear Park two Bullfinches, a Treecreeper, 6+ Coal Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Nuthatches, 100+ Siskins, six Lesser Redpoll and three Goosanders (2m, 1f). (Mark Grieve).

Staunton     A Barn Owl at 8:55pm. (Mark Grieve).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reed Beds between 11am-3pm SU033967 from the pathway before the first hide birds included 42 Fieldfares, seven Redwings, 35 Meadow Pipits, five Stonechats (3m, 2f), nine Pied Wagtails, four Grey Wagtails, 13 Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, 40+ Black-headed Gulls and 75 Starlings. On Pit 85b three Water Rails, four Tufted Ducks, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, two Cetti’s Warblers and a male Reed Bunting. Also a Water Vole on the pathway close to the 85b hide. On Pit 85a three Bullfinches, two Snipe, 23 Mallards, two Cormorants, two Shovelers, male and female Wigeon, two Little Egrets and another Water Rail. (John Fletcher).

Compton Abdale     A Buzzard today. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

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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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