Thursday 13th December 2018

Coombe Hill Meadows     Six adult Whooper Swans briefly this afternoon. (Graham Smith).

Saul Warth    The WATER PIPIT again flew in from Frampton at 2:25pm but was very flighty. Also a two Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Lapwing, three Redshanks, 6+ Curlews, six Dunlins, a pair of Ravens, a Skylark, 25+ Meadow Pipits, a Chiffchaff in Hock Ditch, two Buzzards including the white Buzzard sat in Dunstalls Wood. On the newly ploughed field behind the Sewage Works 200+ Black-headed Gulls, 10+ Common Gulls and 6+ Pied Wagtails. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Saul     At lunchtime five CATTLE EGRETS and two Little Egrets SW of the village viewed from the public footpath. (Steve Brown).

Whittington     A ringtail HEN HARRIER at 2pm today and a SHORT-EARED OWL flushed next to the footpath. (Duncan Dine).

Daglingworth/Winstone/Duntisbourne area     This morning 40+ Bramblings around the beechwoods, 65+ Golden Plovers S of Winstone, a male Sparrowhawk, a Little Egret  and several hundred Fieldfares and Redwings. (Jon Mercer).

Awre    Five Common Cranes flew into a maize field at 10:30am. Also 19 Dunlins, 90 Curlews, 300+ Lapwings, a Redshank, a Bullfinch and two Buzzards. Also lots of Redwings and Fieldfares. (Dave Smith).

Cheltenham   In Pittville Park this afternoon 27+ Fieldfares in a London Plane tree and a Goldcrest heard nearby. (Howard Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge    On the Tack Piece lots of White-fronted Goose activity with small groups coming regularly, 70+ on site today. Also 35+ Dunlins from Robbie Garnet hide. (Dave Tait/Terry Stevenson). Pics by Dave.

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Another pic by Terry below.

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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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