Sunday 13th December 2020

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. Five CATTLE EGRETS and four Little Egrets roosted in the Decoy overnight, the CATTLE EGRETS moved to the South Lake for 5 minutes at dawn and then flew E towards the canal. A Goshawk buzzed the Top New Piece late morning then flew SSE towards the canal and Purton. (Slimbridge Sightings/Roberta Goodall).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A redhead Goosander moving between the pits, currently on the large south pit. Also belated news of a Water Rail squealing throughout Friday morning from flooded scrub at GWT Greystones Farm. (Andy Lewis).

Frampton pools     496 Coots, 68 Tufted Ducks, six Great Crested Grebes, 18 Moorhens, 123 Gadwall, 118 Mute Swans, 29 Mallards, two Pochard, 47 Wigeon, 11 Shovelers, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, eight Bullfinches and two Blackcaps today. (Nick Goatman).

Leddington   A well-fed Sparrowhawk spent 2½ hours in an apple tree in a garden at SO688351 today. (Eden Tanner).

Sparrowhawk by Eden Tanner

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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