Friday 27th December 2019

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE again this morning. Please keep to the public footpaths and stay out of the clearfell. Also a Goshawk over. A very large mixed flock (200+) of mainly Chaffinches with Bramblings and a few Tit species at the Forestry Commission area at bottom of road S past New Fancy View (right turn to Parkend), all eventually moved E through trees. (John & Kevin Widgery).

Frampton    A Marsh Harrier from Splatt Bridge this morning, 13 Pintails, two Snipe, a Blackcap and 140 Golden Plovers through S. (Gordon Hodgson). A Yellow-legged Gull back on the Sailing Lake shed today, also around the pools 55 Tufted Ducks, 34 Mallards, 11 Gadwalls, 11 Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, two male Blackcaps and a roosting Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman).

Berkeley shore     This morning a WATER PIPIT, three Oystercatchers, 51 Turnstones, two Jack Snipes and two Stonechats. (Paul Taylor).

Gloucester     The male BLACK REDSTART still on Gloucester Cathedral on the S side. (D Clarke).

Tewkesbury     A Barn Owl this morning being chased by corvids around several neighbouring gardens, a garden tick. (Les Ditchburn).

Cotswold Water Park West    An adult and a 3rd year Yellow-legged Gull on Pit 12 this evening with 300 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 200+ Black-headed Gulls and four Herring Gulls. (Mark Coller).

Maisemore     Along Church Road, from the lake to the weir this afternoon birds included two Little Grebes, 45 Mallards, two Mute Swans, three Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, 60+ Redwings, 30+ Fieldfares, a Green Woodpecker, three Goldfinches, two Buzzards and a Cormorant. (John Fletcher).

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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