Sunday 12th December 2021

Shepherd’s Patch     Eight Cattle Egrets between Cambridge Arms and Patch bridges amongst sheep at SO7339404442, NW of the canal 53 White-fronted Geese, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Little Egret this afternoon. (Mark Hobson).

WWT Slimbridge     The SPOONBILL on the Tack Piece early afternoon. (Albert Bolhuis/Geoff Fawcett). A female Marsh Harrier and a Green Woodpecker on South Lake today. (Roberta Goodall). Two Avocets on South Lake and another on the Rushy. (Mark Hobson). Two Water Rails from the Willow hide. (Geoff Fawcett).

Frampton pools     Around the pools a Marsh Harrier, three male Goldeneyes, two Kingfishers, two Water Rails, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming, five Lesser Redpolls, two Siskins, three Chiffchaffs, 61 Gadwalls, 85 Tufted Ducks, 70 Wigeon, 45 Shovelers, nine Teal, two Pochards and a Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman). At Splatt Bridge/100-Acre an immature/female Marsh Harrier hunting the 100-Acre then flew N, a Barn Owl at dusk briefly, two pairs of Stonechats, five Mistle Thrushes, a Brambling over calling, a Kestrel and a Buzzard. (Mark Hobson).

Leighterton     At Boxwell Farm this afternoon a 500+ mixed finch flock feeding on sunflower seed heads c10 percent were Bramblings and a small number of Greenfinches. (Paul Rich).

Forest of Dean     Around the Woorgreens, Crabtree Hill and Drybrook area 22 Goosanders at Woorgreens, four Stonechats, 60 Linnets, a Sparrowhawk, a Crossbill, two Ravens and several parties of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls. (Ian Ralphs).

Lydney area     On Lydney Boating Lake at Lakeside Gardens a male Goosander, three Mandarins and 80 Black-headed Gulls. From the harbour 16 Lapwings over the estuary at high tide and two Ravens. At Kingfisher Drive-Bishop Mead New Estate a Great Spotted Woodpecker and in trees by Boating Lake Road two Bullfinches, a Song Thrush, two Redwings and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Woolaston     From the A38 rest stop at 11am c1000 Woodpigeons. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Tuffley     At garden feeders today male and female Blackcap, four Greenfinches and two Goldfinches. (Ian Elphick).

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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