Friday 4th January 2019

WWT Slimbridge     A JACK SNIPE from Martin Smith hide this afternoon. The unringed adult, presumed wild, Common Crane with GCRP birds on the Tack Piece. From Zeiss hide two very pale Greylags looked like wild Icelandic birds. A Water Rail from Willow hide. (Ben Macdonald). Also a Water Rail from Martin Smith hide. (Les Ditchburn/MK). A pair of Goldeneyes and an Oystercatcher on South Lake. The Dark-bellied Brent Goose still present this morning but no seen this afternoon. Also 21 Ruff on the Tack Piece. (Dot Jones). Pics by MK.

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Frampton     A male MERLIN perched briefly then in flight at Splatt Bridge at 4:15pm. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS hunting here. (Ben Macdonald/Andy Chapman). The regular roosting Tawny Owl at Court Lake. (Ben Macdonald).

Cotswold Water Park East    The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 126 this afternoon. Also a Black-tailed Godwit still and c15 Snipe. Four Goosanders on Whelford Pools. (Seb Buckton). Four Green Sandpipers at Pit 132. (Duncan Dine/Jeremy Squire).

Wotton-Under-Edge     A Dipper at the bridge over the mill stream below Hack Hill ST759927 today. (Dave Emery).

Dursley     A Dipper at the bottom of Water Street today. (Phil Pope).

Lydney Harbour     A Grey Heron and a Great Black-backed Gull in the estuary, 20 Lapwings and an Oystercatcher on The Tack, two Cormorants, two Wigeon, four Pochards and 20 Tufted Ducks on the Fishing Lake and a Goshawk in trees at the railway end of the harbour. (Mike Ingleby).

Quedgeley     The Raven again this morning in Tesco car park, strangely stripping bark off of a London Plane tree. (MK).

Woodford     Garden birds today included a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Fieldfares. (Geoff Poulton).

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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