Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 126 today. At Whelford pools a drake Goldeneye, a female Goosander and an Egyptian Goose and a Red Kite over Pit 125. (Michelle Davies/Martin Greenish/Les Ditchburn/Jake King).

Cotswold Water Park West     33+ Red Crested Pochards on Pit 34 today. (Les Ditchburn).

Highnam     Still six Whooper Swans with 16 Mute Swans, two Canada Geese and 55+ Mallards at Linton Farm pond today. Park in the gateway on the left (coming from Gloucester) by the traffic lights after Over Farm Shop lights at SO 80894 19388. Walk towards the railway line then turn right and walk to the pond, which is the other side of the level crossing at SO 80199 18806. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Brimscombe     A Kingfisher at Hope Mill Bridge on Hope Mill Lane and a singing male Goldcrest late morning. (MK).

Stroud     A Dipper on the Frome at Wallbridge under the viaduct where the river meets the canal at midday. (MK).

Forest of Dean  14 Crossbills drinking from a flooded ditch at Horse Lawn today. (Ben Locke). Nine Hawfinches and a Treecreeper at Parkend today and 13 Goosanders (2m, 11 redheads) at Woorgreens. (Rob & Gillian Guest). 17 Hawfinches all in view at once in the tops of the tall trees at Parkend. Also six Greenfinches. (Keith Vinicombe).

WWT Slimbridge     The Dark-bellied Brent Goose still today showing well from Holden Tower. (Andy Chapman).

Frampton     A MERLIN at Splatt Bridge this afternoon, also a Blackcap and a female Stonechat. A Great White Egret on Court Lake again. (Andy Chapman).

Hucclecote    A female Sparrowhawk took a male Blackbird from bird table in the garden today. (Harold Smith).

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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