Mon 4th December 2018

Ozleworth     A Barn Owl flew in front of the car this evening near Newark Park. (Katharine Goatman).

Forest of Dean     At Cannop pond (Upper) six Little Grebes, four Wigeon, six Tufted Ducks, 20 Mandarins and three Cormorants SO608108. (Mike Ingleby). At Woorgreens Lake 36 Goosanders and a mixed flock of 50+ Siskins and Lesser Redpolls feeding in Alder trees nearby SO629129.Also in the Woorgreens/Crabtree Hill area four Greylags, two Buzzards, two Jays, 36 Goosanders, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Grey Heron, five Goldfinches, three Coal Tits, a Mute Swan, four Coots, a Redwing and five Crossbills. (Martin Russell/Mike Ingleby). Pic by Martin.

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Frampton pools     At first light a BITTERN flew out of Court Lake and towards the river. (Nick Goatman). A female Goldeneye on the Sailing Lake, 135+ Redwings and ten Fieldfares flew N, the Yellow-legged Gull flew over towards Court Lake, seven Meadow Pipits, a male Sparrowhawk and two Chiffchaffs by the Sailing Club one standard and one very grey with strong supercilium and resembled Siberian, but neither called. At Court Lake a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, 56+ Gadwalls, 14 Cormorants, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Raven over. (MK). Record shot of probable Siberian Chiffchaff by Mike.

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Batsford     At the Arboretum birds included two Ravens, three Nuthatches, 1-2 Mistle Thrushes, a Jay, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Coal Tit. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbeds four Water Rails calling, a Shoveler, 15 Teal, 20 Gadwall, 40 Wigeon, two Buzzards, 35 Lapwings, a Snipe over, two Green Woodpeckers, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, four Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, Skylarks over, 60 Fieldfares, 40 Redwings, three Song Thrushes, a pair of Stonechats, 5+ Cetti’s Warblers heard, a Chiffchaff, a male Blackcap, a Goldcrest, 30+ Goldfinches, 25 Reed Buntings, ten Bullfinches and eight Roe Deer. (Jon Mercer).

Westonbirt Arboretum     Three Crossbills and a Brambling in Silk Wood amongst the larches in the Rotary Glade today. (Martine Fenn).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair and an intruding juvenile female Peregrine and another adult Peregrine perched on Doward Hill. Also two Buzzards, Ravens, three Goosanders (2f, 1m), a Marsh Tit, Jays and a Song Thrush. Other sightings included four Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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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