Monday 30th December 2019

WWT Slimbridge     Two female/immature Marsh Harriers hunting over the N end of the reserve this afternoon. Eight Pink-footed Geese on the lower saltmarsh. (Ian Ralphs/Slimbridge Sightings).

Gloucester     A Barn Owl this morning at 4:28am perched on a roadside bollard by the side of the M5 North slip road, Golden Valley (J11). (Gordon Avery).

Arlingham     A Barn Owl hunting at 4:40am. (Marc Freebrey). Pic by Mark.

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Frampton     The regular roosting Tawny Owl at Court Lake this morning. (Mike Beer). Pic by Mike.

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Forest of Dean     At 12:15pm at New Grounds, Lydney Harbour there was a Great White Egret, standing in full view in a field at about 500 metres from the sea wall. Also a Peregrine on the sea wall and 130 Fieldfares. (Roger Ruston).

Tuffley     Three garden Jays this morning. (Emily Hobson/Zoe Leary).

Cherington   Around Cherington Lake ST 898985 birds included three Little Grebes, two Goldcrests, seven Long-tailed Tits, two Coal Tits, a Grey Wagtail, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Grey Heron and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Severn Hams     Due to flooding the Wainlodes and Tirley-Ashleworth minor roads are still impassable; while levels of floodwater have dropped on the meadows, both Coombe Hill and Ashleworth are practically unbirdable. At Coombe Hill from the towpath two Mute Swans, 20+ Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 43+ Pintails, two Shovelers and 20 Coots. At the edge of the flood on the Hasfield side at SO 829251 three Mute Swans, 1200 Wigeon, 150 Teal and 20 Pintails. In the very rough field at the end of Stank Lane three Snipe and a Jack Snipe. (Mike Smart).

Winchcombe     In the area around the cemetery, a Tawny Owl calling at night. Two Buzzards circling overhead during the day. (Gill Worthington).

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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