Monday 31st December 2018


Ashleworth Ham     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in Meerend Thicket either behind the hide or in the trees either side of the hide again this morning. It can be elusive, is almost always solitary and only calls very infrequently. (per Rare Bird Alert). Also 750+ Lapwings and 12 Coots. (Juliet Bailey/Mike Smart).

Frampton     A SHORT-EARED OWL hunting the foreshore viewed from Splatt Bridge at 3:30pm. Also a Buzzard, 80+ Lapwings N, a Little Egret, 80 Fieldfares and 20 Redwings, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the tree avenue by the church. (MK). Also a Stonechat and a Water Rail. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 126 at 1pm. Best viewed distantly from the far W end of the pit looking back east past the island. (Dave Morgan).

WWT Slimbridge    The Dark-bellied Brent Goose with Canada Geese distantly at the S end of the Dumbles from Holden Tower again this morning. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Daglingworth     50-70 Bramblings with Chaffinches and a MERLIN causing havoc with the flock. (Chris & Gill Snook).

Coates     A pair of Marsh Tits and three Goldcrests with a tit flock at Hailey Wood. (Chris & Gill Snook).

Arlingham Passage     A Stonechat today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Coombe Hill Meadows     13 Mute Swans, many hundreds of Canada and Greylags, a Barnacle Goose apparently paired with a Canada, the Greenland White-fronted Goose with the satellite transmitter still, c1500 Wigeon, several hundred Teal, five Gadwalls, 45+ Pintails, c40 Shovelers, 15 Coot, a Peregrine, c400 Lapwings, a Snipe, 12 Skylarks, 80 Fieldfares, 20 Redwings and three Reed Buntings today. (Juliet Bailey/Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     A Kestrel, 25 Snipe and two Stonechats today. (Juliet Bailey/Mike Smart).

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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