Sunday 31st December 2017


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. Also a male Stonechat, two Long-tailed Tits, 13 Meadow Pipits and a flyover Sparrowhawk. (Ewan Urquhart). Pic by Ewan. At Alney Island seven Reed Buntings, a Green Woodpecker, a Stock Dove, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, three Redwings, 650+ Starlings, a Bullfinch, two male Stonechats, a Cormorant, a Raven, a Skylark, two Mistle Thrushes and 18 Teal. (Mark Grieve).

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Frampton pools     A Woodcock late afternoon at the Sailing Lake and the Whooper Swan still on Court Lake. (Gordon Hodgson). Also today 361 Coots, 27 Tufted Ducks, 46 Gadwalls, 24 Mallards, eight Teal, two Shovelers, two Little Grebes, two Water Rails, six Great Crested Grebes, two Kingfishers, two Great Black-backed Gulls, a Grey Wagtail and a Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on the SARA pool and in the marina area today until 1pm at least. 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. (Paddy Doyle/Roy Shilham/Andy & Sue Gibbons). Pic by Paddy.

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Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL in front of Meerend Thicket hide again this afternoon. (Andy Jayne).

Berkeley shore     A male MERLIN flew N past the shore at 11:25am. Also 21 Pintails off of Lydney sands. (Paul Taylor).

Stonehouse     Along the canal towpath 16 Siskins and 32 Goldfinches today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Lower Slaughter     A garden Sparrowhawk 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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