Monday 2nd January 2017

Todenham     Two BLACK REDSTARTS today near the church at SP243363, first one’s seen on an NCOS survey in 18 years. (Jeremy Voaden). Pic by

Cheltenham     At least three WAXWINGS in the trees in the car park of the Gardner’s Lane Children’s Centre (the lane to the Animal Shelter) Cheltenham. (Malcolm & Wendy Smith).

Wotton-under-Edge     A WAXWING in the garden today in Wortley Road. (Mike Smith).

Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Fishers Close and surrounding streets. Strictly no parking in Fishers Close, there is a public car park near the Bell pub 5 minutes walk away or find alternative parking in the town. Please show the residents respect and as much privacy as is possible. There will be a collection for Kate’s Home Nursing  please give generously on site or on-line. 1st pic by Roger Wasley 2nd by Les Waring 3rd by Mike Yiend. blue-rock-thrush-1-020117



Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today feeding on flies at SO715120 near the small, narrow, rough field on the edge of the river with a small, mistletoe-covered hawthorn in the middle of it. (Pete & Marjo Lewis).

Beachley Point     On Chapel Rock, before high tide this morning, two WHIMBRELS still, two Curlews, six Oystercatchers, 12 Redshanks, 150 Dunlin and a Turnstone. (John Sanders).

Saul     Four CATTLE EGRETS in horse paddocks beside the Arlingham road just past Cadbury Bridge again today. (Richard Price/Pete & Marjo Lewis).

Kineton    3+ BRAMBLINGS still in beech trees just N of Kineton. (Richard Price).

Sharpness     A female/first-winter and a first-winter male BLACK REDSTART still today. (Andy Jordan).

Gloucester     A garden Kingfisher at Southfield Road at 3pm. (Chris Wayman).

Cotswold Water Park West     A Little Grebe, two Little Egrets, ten Teal, c50 Wigeon, two Water Rails, a Green Sandpiper, 70+ Lapwings,  c30 Snipe circling, a Green Woodpecker, a Skylark, a pair of Stonechats, 200+ Redwings and two Fieldfares, three Meadow Pipits, two Cetti’s Warblers heard, a Chiffchaff, four Bullfinches, a Linnet, 15 Goldfinches, a Reed Bunting, two Ravens over and a walker reported two Barn Owls were hunting at first light.  (Jon Mercer). Also a Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk and two Buzzards. (Dave Collins).

WWT Slimbridge     Two BITTERNS showed today occasionally from Kingfisher hide and Van de Bovencamp hide, a Little Stint on the Rushy, Water Rails from Zeiss hide and along the Holden Walkway, along with all the usual wildfowl and waders. (Mark Grieve/Pete & Marjo Lewis/Richard Price/Richard Tyler). Teal pic by Richard Tyler.teal-020117

Ashley     100+ Fieldfares, four Yellowhammers, 90+ Redwings, 70+ Linnets and six Grey Partridges. At Whiteway a Raven. (Mark Grieve).

Woodmancote     Two Little Owls roosting in trees today. (John Widgery).

Whitminster     20+ Meadow Pipits to the rear of Parklands Farm today. (Tanya Allen).

Gretton     A male Siskin on feeders in the garden this afternoon. (Roger Wasley).

Winchcombe     Five garden Redwings in the Gretton Road this morning. (Peter Rodgers).

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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