Friday 20th January 2017

Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today but elusive 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. (Keith Jennings).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT this morning at SO713121 at the end of the short grass field S of the rough field with the mistletoe-covered hawthorn. Also a pair of Stonechats, and at Milton End another Stonechat, 40 Skylarks and a pair of Ravens. (MK). Pics by Mike.richards-pipit-200117

stonechat-200117Highleadon     20 WAXWINGS landed briefly in a stripped Rowan tree in the garden of a house at Highleadon Green on the B4215 (Gloucester to Newent road at SO770232 opposite the Upleadon and Hartpury road junction) at 3:30 pm this afternoon, then they flew across the road to an Ash tree where they stayed for 10 minutes before lifting off and heading roughly W towards Tibberton/Taynton. (Andrew Bluett). Pic by Andrew.waxwings-200117

Tuffley     Four WAXWINGS at Bodiam Avenue again today. (Helen Rice). Pic by Helen.waxwing-200117Whitminster     A Red Kite flew W over the A38 between Whitminster and Moreton Valence at 12:15pm being mobbed by a Crow. (Martin McGill). Then it was over Priding at 12:23pm. (MK).

Forest of Dean     Eight Goosanders (3m, 5f) on Mallards Pike this morning. (Geoff Fawcett). A Hawfinch at Parkend again today. (Allan Chard). Pic by Allan.hawfinch-200117

Tewkesbury     A JACK SNIPE between Tewkesbury and Twyning beside the River Avon. (Les Ditchburn).

Sharpness     Two male BLACK REDSTARTS at Sharpness Docks; one at the end of Dock Road and one on Severn Row buildings. Also a Peregrine. (Jeff Kirby).

WWT Slimbridge     A BITTERN from Zeiss hide again today. Also a Water Rail from Willow hide. (Vanda & Dave Owen). A female MARSH HARRIER from Holden Tower today, but better viewed from Splatt Bridge, Frampton. (Ian Hull).

Sherborne Water Meadows     A ringtail HEN HARRIER again today. (Keith Jennings).

Frampton     The GREAT WHITE EGRET still on Court Lake this evening. (Ian Hull).

Ashleworth Ham     From Meerend Thicket hide this afternoon 550+ Teal, 200+ Wigeon, 33 Snipe, 16 Shovelers, eight Pintails, 27 Lapwings, a Kestrel, four Buzzards, two Nuthatches and two Goldcrests. (John Fletcher).

Ashley     45+ Lapwings flew S today. (Mark Grieve).

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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