Two new bird species recorded in Gloucestershire
Two new species of bird have been spotted for the first time in Gloucestershire.
The Pacific Diver, recorded on the Severn Estuary, and the Common Rosefinch, seen at Ashleworth Ham, had not been recorded in the county before.
The sightings are logged in the 2009 County Bird Report for Gloucestershire Ornithological Coordinating Committee, which has just been published.
More than 220 different species of bird were collated.
David Evans, editor of the report, said: "Some of the north west passages that used to be iced over are not always covered in ice now.
"There's a feeling that some of these birds are finding their way over the top and across to our coasts."
He added that in 2009, birdwatchers found their first recorded breeding of greater black-backed gulls in Gloucestershire.