Wednesday 4th December 2019

Saul     The juvenile SHAG emerged from roost at 7:40am, splashed and preened for 5 minutes then flew S along the canal. (Steve Brown). It was back at the Shipton Mill jetty near Cadbury Bridge (Fretherne Bridge) this afternoon. (Eric Palmer).

Sharpness     Three BLACK REDSTARTS (1m, 2f) at the end of Dock Road, mostly on the last three houses. Also a Sparrowhawk, two Blackcaps, two Reed Buntings, four Bullfinches and a small flock of Long-tailed Tits. (Steve Brown).

WWT Slimbridge     A Kingfisher perched by the entrance ramp. (Steve Brown). Two BITTERNS still from Zeiss hide this morning. (Andy Jordan). Two Whooper Swans flew S over the car park at 4:30pm. (Sam Walker).

Shab Hill     c1500 Golden Plovers this morning including the striking partial albino bird at SO932147. Drive under A417 park and walk down the track towards Stockwell Farm the birds are usually in ploughed field between the footpath and the A417. (Duncan Dine). Pic by Dunc.

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Kempsford    By the small sewage works down Washpool Lane this morning a minimum of five Chiffchaffs feeding on small flies. (Duncan Dine). Pic by Dunc.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning birds included nine Shelducks, 170 Shovelers, 40 Gadwalls, 160 Pintails, a male Red Crested Pochard, three Pochards, 41 Tufted Ducks, four Little Egrets, a Water Rail, 76 Coots and a Kingfisher. (Andy Jordan).

Ashleworth Ham     From GWT hide this morning 140 Canada Geese, nine Snipe and 13 Shovelers. (John Fletcher).

Chapman’s Cross    No sign of the Great Grey Shrike in a quick 20 minute check at 11:15am but a dog walker was in the favoured copse. 180+ Golden Plovers here. (MK).

Gloucester    Today behind the tip at Hempsted along the Severn four Stonechats, a female Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine, ten Fieldfares, seven Cormorants, two Wrens and six Long-tailed  Tits. (Josh Adamms). Backyard birds in Barton Street in the city included nine Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Pied Wagtail, 16 Feral Pigeons, two Long Tailed Tits, a Blue Tit and a Great Tit heard and a Magpie and a Carrion Crow. (Paul Brunt).

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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