Tuesday 8th December 2020

WWT Slimbridge     A CACKLING GOOSE found at the end of the day with Canada Geese on the Tack Piece. (Neil Smart).

Cackling Goose by Neil Smart

A juvenile Goshawk flew in front of the Robbie Garnett Hide today at 12:30pm scaring everything there. (Paul Dunham).

Goshawk by Paul Dunham

Frampton     At 10:50am 11 TUNDRA BEAN GEESE flew S downriver high up and descended into the Trust. Later they were seen on the Goose House Ground this afternoon at WWT. Five Pink-footed Geese this morning from Splatt Bridge again until 11am at least. Also this morning a female MERLIN, three redhead Goosanders, a Greenshank, seven Redshanks, 45 Shelducks, two female Teal, two Little Egrets, 25 Meadow Pipits and a male Stonechat. (Gordon Hodgson/MK). Four CATTLE EGRETS over the village early morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Tundra Bean Geese by Gordon Hodgson

Pink-footed Geese by Mike King

Gloucester     A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER YBW heard only for the second day in ivy in front of the gasworks in Bristol Road by Dainton Self Storage. (Mark Hobson). The male BLACK REDSTART showing well again on Gloucester Cathedral, usually on the  South Transept. (Andy Jayne). At Alney Island this afternoon a Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk, two Water Rails calling from the reedbed, 300 Jackdaws going over to roost and 20+ Reed-Buntings roosting in the reedbed. The Starling roost is at least 6000 birds, gathering on the electric wires, then going to roost in the reedbed. The Starlings put on a great spectacle from 3:45pm onwards with big aerial movements over Alney Island before funnelling down suddenly to roost in the reedbed. (Mike Smart/Mervyn Greening/Ian Elphick). 91 Magpies roosted at Sudmeadow. Also a Kingfisher, three Chiffchaffs, two pairs of Stonechats, 70 Linnets flew in to roost and 25 Siskins in the alders. (Andy Jayne).

Forest of Dean   At Parkend church this afternoon a Green Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, three Hawfinches, two Marsh Tits with commoner tit species. (Martin & Jenny Green). 32 Goosanders on Woorgreens lake. (Simon Ashley/Richard Williams/Dot Jones).

Longney     This afternoon birds included three Stonechats (2m, 1f), three Meadow Pipits, two Song Thrushes, 100+ Fieldfares, 24 Redwings, a Grey Heron, a Cormorant and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

Stonehouse    A Tawny Owl heard calling from Beards Mill direction at 6pm, from the canal path opposite Stonehouse Court Hotel. (Paul Sutton).

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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