Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Cheltenham     At Pittville Park seven WAXWINGS feeding on a berried tree in Hilltop Road and sitting in trees nearby at SO946239. (Duncan Dine/Dave Pearce). Pics by Duncan,  Mark Dowie and Roy Shilham.waxwing-1-030117

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Also the male Sparrowhawk back on territory. (John Sanders). Pic by John.sparrowhawk-030117

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today feeding on flies at 12:45pm 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. (Gus Ariss/Roberta Goodall).

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.

WWT Slimbridge     Two BITTERNS still today seen from Kingfisher hide and Van de Bovencamp hide. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Awre     320 Lapwings, 180 Curlews, three Ruff, six Snipe, 60 Wigeon and a Rock Pipit. In mid-channel, 320 Pintails. (Roger Ruston).

Cotswolds    100+ Golden Plovers near Cold Aston, and a few Lapwings, Fieldfares and Redwings everywhere. Two Red Kites at Notgrove, another near Northleach. (Laurie Pierce). 260 Golden Plovers, 160 Wigeon and a Little Egret at Sherborne. Two Red Kites at Shipton. (Jeremy Squire).

Purton     A 2000+ Starling murmuration at the Timber Ponds between 4 and 4:30pm. (Pad Doyle).

Ashley     Two Mistle Thrushes, 300+ Fieldfares, 200+ Redwings, a Stonechat, 21+ Yellowhammers, a Corn Bunting, 19+ Snipe, a Green Woodpecker, two Goldcrests, 70+ Linnets, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, five Bullfinches, a Tawny Owl calling at 3pm and a male Peregrine over low. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Mute Swan, seven Wigeon, 270 Teal, a Mallard, five Pintails, 31 Shovelers, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, five Coot, Water Rails heard calling from three different places, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming, 20 Fieldfares and ten Redwings. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     A Mute Swan, a Canada Goose, 140 Wigeon, 820 Teal, 20 Mallards and at least 25 Snipe. (Mike Smart).

Symonds Yat    From the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair, five Buzzards, a female Goshawk, a male Sparrowhawk, a pair of Ravens, a male Crossbill, five Goldcrests, six Bullfinches, a flock of Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a male Goosander, a Marsh Tit, six Mandarins (5m, 1f), eight Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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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