Monday 10th December 2018

Sharpness     Four SHAGS flew N past SARA this morning. (Andy Jordan).

WWT Slimbridge     The GREAT SKUA again this morning seen flying out over the river. (Paul Rich).

Dudbridge     A Barn Owl flying around QEII playing fields at the bottom of Dudbridge Hill, then flew off towards Sainsbury’s at 4:40pm. (Colin Greenfield).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Great White Egret flew from Coombe Hill to Ashleworth at 9:50am viewed from Sandhurst Hill. (Martin Greenish).

Gloucester     Two Buzzards on The Oxlease, two Reed Buntings at Alney Island, a male Stonechat on Port Ham and a Cormorant over Castle Meads today. (Gordon Avery).

Cotswold Water Park West    26 Goosanders (16m,10f) on Pit 41 today. (Jon Mercer).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 111 birds included three Goosanders, two Goldeneyes, 11 Tufted Ducks, a male Shoveler, a Kingfisher, eight Cormorants, nine Greylags, two Mute Swan, two Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests, three Redwings, 11 Fieldfares, six Long-tailed Tit and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. At Pit 111a 59 Coots, 27 Tufted Ducks and a Great Crested Grebe. At Pit 125 62 Gadwalls, 52 Teal, 45 Tufted Ducks, two Red Crested Pochards, three Pochards, four Great Crested Grebes, a Grey Heron, a Green Woodpecker and four Mute Swans. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Forest of Dean     In the forest walks at Blaize Bailey at midday a flock of 60+ Chaffinches and Bramblings, evenly mixed. Also, in an ash tree next to the garden 20 Siskins and in the garden four Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Horsley    This morning on farmland near Horsley tip (ST8198) for EWBS, 28 species including Skylark, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer and 142 Rooks and 33 Stock Doves. (Dave Emery).

Stroud     Eight probable Waxwings flew W over the town centre at 8:20am. (Terry Grant).

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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