Monday 23rd December 2019

Sharpness     The SHAG still on the pool at SARA today. The BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road, briefly before flying towards the shipyard/drydock. (Paul Taylor). Pic by Paul.

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Gloucester     The male BLACK REDSTART on the SE corner of Gloucester Cathedral again today. (Sam Walker/Janet Datchens). At Sudmeadow two Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker and a pair of Stonechats by the Lower Parting. (Gordon Avery).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE flew in to Crabtree Hill from the NW just before 9am. At Yew Tree Brake, 12 Crossbills and two Goosanders flying NE. (Sam Walker). 20 Goosanders on Woorgreens Lake this morning. (Ed Drewitt).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Dark-bellied Brent Geese with the Canada Goose flock distantly on the Dumbles S of the cross fence and eight Pink-footed Geese at the N end of the Dumbles. (Slimbridge Sightings). A Water Rail showing well in front of Willow hide, another Water Rail from Zeiss hide, and six Snipe from Martin Smith hide. A Greylag with ring number PV6 near the visitor centre. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

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Minsterworth Ham   Six Shelducks, 92 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 13 Mallards, four Pintails, five Shovelers, two Grey Herons, 500 Black-headed Gulls, two Common Gulls, ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Seven Cormorants perching in the usual tree on the Severn bank at SO 800154. In surrounding fields a Meadow Pipit, a Stonechat, 75 Fieldfares and 120 Starlings feeding on the ground, a Chiffchaff and a Fox. (Mike Smart).

Cirencester     13 Hawfinches just W of Cirencester at Cirencester Park today. (per RBA).

Arlingham     A Buzzard by the Old Passage at 3:30pm. (Marc Freebrey). Pic by Marc.

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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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