Wednesday 9th December 2020

Marston Meysey     A BITTERN flushed from a roadside ditch on a lane just in Gloucestershire, about 500m W of Marston Meysey at 4pm today. (Peter Jackson).

Cotswold Water Park East    The first-year male RING-NECKED DUCK back on Pit 127 at 11:30am. (Duncan Dine). Nine Green Sandpipers together on Pit 132 at lunchtime today. (Roger Gillespie). Five Chiffchaffs at Kempsford Sewage works this afternoon. (Duncan Dine/Phil Pope).

WWT Slimbridge     The CACKLING GOOSE again today in the Goose House Ground but unfortunately not viewable from any hides. Three CATTLE EGRETS roosted in the Duck Decoy overnight, moving to South Lake at dawn. (Martin McGill). 11 Tundra Bean Geese there again showing on and off behind the hedge viewed from the Estuary Tower. (Mark Dowie/MK).

Gloucester    The male BLACK REDSTART showing well again on Gloucester Cathedral, usually on the South Transept. (Justin Taylor).

Frampton    Five Pink-footed Geese again this morning from Splatt Bridge. Also a Greenshank, nine Redshanks, four Goosanders and two Blackcaps. (Mark Dowie/Gordon Hodgson). Seven CATTLE EGRETS flew over the house in the village towards Saul at 7:50am. (Gordon Hodgson).

Forest of Dean     Two Hawfinches in the yews at Parkend Church. 22 Goosanders, two Kingfishers and at least three Snipe at Woorgreens Lake. (Jennifer Gilbert). A Great White Egret feeding in the fields on the river side of the Lydney Estate Milking Unit then  flew off in the direction of Aylburton before landing the other side of the railway line. (Barrie Mills).

Newnham-on-Severn    A Whooper Swan still in fields on the E side of the Severn viewed from Newnham church at lunchtime. (Lewis Thomson).

Walmore Common    A Bar-headed Goose still today, first seen on Saturday. Also eight Greylags and 110 Canada Geese, 130 Wigeon, a Jack Snipe, 14 Snipe, a Coal Tit , unusual here, two male Blackcaps and a male Stonechat. (Andy Jayne).

Awre     A huge count of 310+ Snipe this afternoon. Also a Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail, a Green Sandpiper, two Ravens, a Cetti’s Warbler, three Stonechats, 200+ Chaffinches and three Reed Buntings. (Andy Jayne).

Guscar/Aylburton     On the WeBS count birds included four Shelducks, 95 Wigeon, 260 Teal, 20 Mallards, three Grey Herons, 147 Lapwings, 20 Dunlins, nine Snipe, two Jack Snipe, 306 Curlews, 23 Redshanks, a Turnstone, 49 Common Gulls, a Raven, a Stonechat, and a mixed flock of at least 300 Jackdaws and Carrion Crows. At Wibdon Warth 120 Wigeon and 20 Mallards. (Mike Smart/Barrie Mills).

Lechlade    Male and female Blackcap on garden bird feeders. Also daily visits by a pair of Nuthatch, late afternoons 45-50 Goldfinches in nearby trees and a Raven calling daily over the last week. (Alan Williams).

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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