Monday 16th December 2019

Forest of Dean      In the Crabtree Hill area the GREAT GREY SHRIKE showing for 5-10 minutes at noon. Also three Jays, two Stonechats, a Treecreeper, a Coal Tit and a very active flock of Siskins.  In the Woorgreens area two Crossbills (1+ male) and on the lake nine Goosanders (five drakes). (Andy & Sue Gibbons). Six Goosanders (3m & 3f) at Mallards Pike today. (Ben Locke).

Sharpness     A SHAG on the pool at SARA today. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton     A SHAG picked up in a horse paddock in Haresfield t, released on Court Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Saul     Two CATTLE EGRETS and 33 Little Egrets again late morning in the horse paddocks to the right of the Saul-Arlingham road approaching from Cadbury Bridge. (Vic Polley).

WWT Slimbridge     A Water Rail feeding in front of Willow hide. (Roger Wasley). Pics by Roger. Six Egyptian Geese still on South Lake today. (@Lonsdale686).

Water Rail 161219

Bewick's Swan 161219

Winchcombe     A Tawny Owl calling at night and a Greenfinch and Song Thrush in the garden. (Andrew Worthington).

Gloucester     At  Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Area birds included ten Mallards, five Teal, a Kingfisher and 60 Meadow Pipits. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Birds today included a Canada Goose, seven Greylags, three Mute Swans, 37 Mallards, seven Teal, four Tufted Ducks, three Little Grebes, three Great Crested Grebes, six Moorhens, 36 Coots, a Grey Heron, six Cormorants, 87 Black-headed Gulls and a Herring Gull. (Gordon Avery).

Shab Hill     A Red Kite quartering the fields and feeding on the ground and a flock of 27 Skylarks. (Gordon Avery).

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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