Friday 29th December 2017

Ashleworth Ham     A drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL in front of Meerend Thicket hide mid-afternoon. Recorded in the hide log book on 27/12 by RH, presumed returning bird. (Andy Jayne).

Walmore Common     An adult and two immature Whooper Swans. Also nine Mute Swans, 126 Canada Geese, nine Shelducks, 215 Wigeon, nine Gadwalls, 340 Teal, 150 Mallards, 30 Pintails, 50 Shovelers and an adult Peregrine today. (Andy Jayne).

Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on the SARA pool and in the marina area today. 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 Masters/Morag Hughes/Craig Lewis). Also a female type BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road. (Lee Gardiner). Pics by Craig.

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Gloucester     The female PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this afternoon a small flock of Redwings, two Snipe, two Stonechats, a Buzzard and two Reed Buntings. (Daniel Cowl).

WWT Slimbridge     The Red-breasted Goose of unknown origin still on the Dumbles viewed from Holden Tower today. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Cirencester     Two Hawfinches at Cirencester Park today. (Ali Brooks).

Forest of Dean     In Haywood plantation a Great Spotted Woodpecker and three Crossbills today. (Owen Follis).

Berkeley shore     15 Turnstones off Severn House Farm today. (Paul Rich).

Leigh River Meadows     Two Buzzards, two Ravens, a family party of five Whooper Swans (3 ads, 2 juvs), 10+ Pied Wagtail, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 85 Lapwings, 41+ Fieldfares, 61+ Redwings, 39+ Mallards, 15+ Skylarks, seven Meadow Pipits, two Grey Herons, 300+ Starlings, a Little Egret, two Reed Buntings, a Bullfinch, a Teal, a Stock Dove, a Mistle Thrush, a Song Thrush, 53 Pintails and 40+ Wigeon over and a Little Grebe. (Mark Grieve).

Halmore     A male Blackcap in the garden today. (Chris Newton).

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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