Friday 25th December 2020

Merry Christmas

Cotswold Water Park East     A first-winter drake RING-NECKED DUCK still on Pit 127 this morning. (Jon Mercer).

Little Rissington     A male LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER at 2pm. (Ewan Urquhart).

Bussage     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER at Toadsmoor Pond at 8:15am this morning drumming and then flew across the lake. Also two Grey Heron, a Little Grebe, 30 Long-tailed Tits and at least four Bramblings and two Siskins with several Chaffinches and Linnets and a Snipe flushed from the margins near the footpath. A female Blackcap, a Coal Tit and three Greenfinches on garden feeders, a Raven calling and four Buzzards over. Also a Hedgehog in the garden for the last three nights. (Michael Cook).

Woodchester     A FIRECREST in Woodchester Park this morning. (James Robinson).

Didmarton     At Hinnegar Wood today one probably two Hawfinches, a Brambling, 320+ Chaffinches, 35 + Blackbirds, mainly first-winter birds, 110+ Redwings and 230+ Fieldfares. (Terry Grant).

May Hill     Ten Crossbills including at least four males initially feeding in stand of pines on the top at SO695213, then moved to hawthorn amongst bracken apparently going down to drink from a pool in the gorse scrub. (Richard, Becky & Cerys Lansdown).

Gloucester     Two male Kingfishers on Wootton Brook at Plock Court today. (Caroline Quinn).

Sherborne Meadows     This afternoon a drake Goosander, a small flock of Wigeon, two Little Grebes, a Little Egret, a Kingfisher and a male and female Stonechat. (D.Harridence).

Lower Chedworth     A male Stonechat feeding in a meadow along with a Grey Wagtail at SP068110. (Harvey Sherwood).

Stonehouse    Two Little Grebes on Bond’s Mill side of the underpass at the Ocean. A Kingfisher at Bond’s Mill and another or the same bird at Newtown Lock. Also at Bond’s Mill a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker and two Cormorants flew over. (Nigel Birch).

Frampton     Two Grey Wagtails, five Pied Wagtails and two Stonechats in a field near Nastfield Farm and Sparrowhawk over. Two Stonechats and a Little Egret at Splatt Bridge. (Nigel Birch).

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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