Tuesday 1st December 2020

Blaisdon     Two Woodocks flushed from damp woodland at Ley Park SO719170. (Richard Lansdown).

Down Hatherley & Staverton     A CATTLE EGRET with four Little Egrets in a field between Brook Farm and Staverton House at SO 88 83 23 77. Two Green Sandpipers flushed from the river Chelt at Barrow. Also Skylarks singing, a pair of Grey Wagtails, several Meadow Pipits, Mistle Thrushes and a Sparrowhawk. (Alan Baxter).

Gloucester    The male BLACK REDSTART still on Gloucester Cathedral favouring the SE corner this morning. At 12:30pm it was favouring the roof and high tower on the S side, becoming more difficult to see well. (Paul Masters/Nigel Birch).

Black Redstart by Paul Masters

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge early morning three White-fronted Geese flew S towards Slimbridge ,11 Redshanks, two Stonechats, a Siskin, 418 Lapwings S and four CATTLE EGRETS over the village at 7:50am. (Gordon Hodgson). At the Sailing Lake, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, adult and juvenile Common Gulls and two Chiffchaffs. On farmland to the S 100+ Linnets, 50+ Chaffinches, eight Reed Buntings, eight Skylarks and two Meadow Pipits. A Raven and a Grey Wagtail at Denfurlong (Cool’s) Farm. (MK).

Yellow-legged Gull by Mike King

Reed Bunting by Mike King

Ashleworth Ham     A Jack Snipe from the hide this morning. (Jeremy Squire). Also this morning two Mute Swans, 20 Greylags, ten Canada Geese, 500 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, 400 Teal, 50 Mallards, ten Pintails, 80 Shovelers, five Coots, a Water Rail, 70 Lapwings, 10+ Snipe, five Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits, two Stonechats (a pair on the Hasfield side), 50 Fieldfares and 20 Redwings. (Mike Smart). This afternoon 100+ Snipe all very active and showing well in the low winter sunshine, right down in front of the viewing screen. (Les Ditchburn).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Three Snipe at the Snipe Pond today, a pair of Stonechats and 100+ Starlings. (Paul Clark). A Water Rail calling from beneath the Grundon hide this morning. (Les Ditchburn).

Oakridge Lynch    Five redhead Goosanders at 10:30am at Bakers Mill Lake between Chalford and Daneway at SO916029 viewed from the public footpath along the old canal. (David Bullock).

Brimscombe     A Kingfisher and a pair of Dippers along the River Frome/canal path between Brimscombe and Brownshill this morning. (Vic Polley).

Batsford     At the Arboretum from mid-morning to early afternoon a Buzzard over, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers heard, a Jay, two Coal Tits, 12 Long-tailed Tits with a Treecreeper following, up to seven Nuthatches and two Mistle Thrushes. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Longney     Around the old orchards this afternoon birds included 57 Fieldfares, two Redwings, four Stonechats, seven Linnets, three Chaffinches, a Brambling, 14 House Sparrows, a Peregrine, a Buzzard, a female Kestrel, 19 Carrion Crows and 250+ Woodpigeons. (John Fletcher).

Forest of Dean     At Cannop ponds feeding station a Marsh Tit and five Coal Tits together. (Chris Keeling).

Coal Tits by Chris Keeling

Stinchcombe Hill     15 Golden Plovers, a patch tick, flew over heading towards Slimbridge and a Siskin this morning. (James Robinson). From Stinchcombe Golf Course to North Nibley monument via Waterley Bottom two Buzzards, 12 Redwings, two Mistle Thrushes, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and two Goldcrests. (Keith Williams).

Cotswold Water Park West     Five Golden Plovers in the field between the Mole Store and Driffield. At 29th Regiment barracks at South Cerney a large flock of Golden Plovers in the field next to the former sports field seen from the car. (John Grearson).

Hawling     c200 Redwings feeding on hawthorn berries in a lane at Hawling. Also 400 Fieldfares, 30 Red-legged Partridges, two Kestrels and two Stonechats today. (Roger Wasley).

Redwing by Roger Wasley

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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