Saturday 4th January 2020

Gloucester     The male BLACK REDSTART still on Gloucester Cathedral this morning. Five Whooper Swans viewed from ‘The Vineyard’ on the Hereford & Glos canal at SO8128719707 at Over. (Mark Hobson). Pics by Mark.

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WWT Slimbridge     Eight Pink-footed Geese, an Egyptian Goose on the Dumbles early morning. Also a female Marsh Harrier flushing everything. (Dave Paynter/MK/Ian Ralphs). On South Lake 30+ Knot in the middle of the Black-tailed Godwit flock. (Dot Jones). Later an Oystercatcher on South Lake. (Mel Anitta). Two Water Rails showing well from Willow Hide and a rare sighting of a Pygmy Shrew near the entrance to Martin Smith hide this morning. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

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Frampton     A Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, 20+ Snipe, two Redshanks and three Stonechats at Splatt Bridge this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cotswold Water Park West    A FIRECREST along the Thames path between the two bridges down the side of Pit 44 and c30 Red Crested Pochards on Pit 44 CWP today. (Ken Burrows).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning. Also Crossbill, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Goldcrest, Raven, Stonechat, Stock Dove and Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Owen Follis). At Trow Green, Clearwell today, a male Kestrel. At Plusterwine, 25 Collared Doves. At Guscar Rocks, 100+ Curlews, 90 Wigeon, 15 Common Gulls, 12 Redshanks, eight Lapwings, two Buzzards, two Grey Herons, a Peregrine, Linnet, Raven and Fieldfare. (Iain Crawford). At Nagshead on the rowan behind the RSPB cabin five male Bullfinches and around the small pond a Kingfisher circled the tree in the middle a few times. (Paul Cousins). Pic by Paul.

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Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon birds included 17 Mute Swans, 195 Greylags, 500 Canada Geese, 320+ Teal, 370+ Wigeon, 89 Mallards, 15 Shovelers, eight Gadwalls, two Shelducks, 12 Pintails, a male Tufted Duck, three Grey Herons, four Little Egrets, 50 Lapwings, two Snipe, a Nuthatch, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Red Kite, two Buzzards and a Peregrine. Also an Egyptian Goose at Colways Farm at 4:15pm with Greylags. (John Fletcher/Mike Smart).

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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