Saturday 12th December 2020

North Nibley     A Barn Owl at Frog Lane near the  A38 at 7:15am. (Bettie Sloane).

WWT Slimbridge     The CACKLING GOOSE again today in the Goose House Ground but often out of view behind the hedges. Best chance is from the Estuary Tower when the flock moves. Also five distant Pink-footed Geese, a MERLIN and a Peregrine. (Mark Dowie).A Little Stint in front of the Estuary Tower late afternoon. (Tom Mabbett). A BITTERN briefly flying into the reedbed by Zeiss hide at 11:15am. Also a pair of Stonechats and a Water Rail. (Helen Bojaniwska/Mike Davis).

Cotswold Water Park East    The first-winter RING-NECKED DUCK on Pit 126. Also 60 Siskins, 311 Teal, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Kingfisher. (Ian Ralphs).

Broadoak     A Whooper Swan on the River Severn off of The White Hart again today. (Lewis Thomson).

Gloucester     An adult male and a juvenile Peregrine on Gloucester Cathedral again today on the E side of the Tower. A third Peregrine approached from the E but was seen off by the adult male. (Paul Clark).

Coombe Hill Meadows    WeBS count today 14 Mute Swans, 585 Greylags, 147 Canada Geese, five Shelducks, 990 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, 100+ Teal, 40 Mallards, 70 Shovelers, 25 Pintails, six Tufted Ducks, six Grey Herons, three Coots, a Moorhen, a Water Rail calling from Broadmere and 16 Lapwings. Also a Peregrine, two Buzzards, a male Stonechat, 40+ Fieldfares and 20 Redwings. (Andrew Godden/Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean     At Parkend three Hawfinches, a Marsh Tit at Cannop Stone Works and five Goosanders (1m. 4f) at Woorgreens. (Derek Hale).

Ashleworth Ham    WeBS count today 15 Canada Geese, 150 Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 15 Mallards, 12 Pintails, 27 Shovelers, a Little Grebe, a Moorhen, 221 Lapwings and 11+ Snipe. (Andrew Godden/Mike Smart).

Maisemore     From Church Road, along the lake to the weir and upper parting this afternoon birds included a Little Grebe, eight Moorhens, 12 Mallards, five Redwings, seven Fieldfares, a male Kestrel, two Buzzards and three Mute Swans. (John Fletcher).

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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