Saturday 21st January 2017

Frampton     The GREAT WHITE EGRET still on Court Lake this afternoon at 2pm in the NE arm, this morning it was on Splatt flashes. Also a female MARSH HARRIER hunting at Splatt Bridge at 3pm. (MK/Roberta Goodall). Two, possibly three WATER PIPITS on the new Splatt reedbed scrape. (Gordon Hodgson). Also a CATTLE EGRET in the field next to the Bell Inn, and a Tawny Owl and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming at Court Lake. (Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter). Pic by Mike. great-white-egret-210117Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT this morning at SO717118 near the dung heap at the end of the rough field with the mistletoe-covered hawthorn. Also a four Stonechats (2m, 2f).

Sharpness     Four BLACK REDSTARTS, three along Dock Road and one on Severn View Road by the picnic site. A Ring-necked Parakeet flew S over Sharpness along the river edge at 10:55am. (AJ only) Also two Peregrines. (Andy Jordan/Paul Taylor/Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter). Pic by Alan H.black-redstart-210117

WWT Slimbridge     Two BITTERNS showing well from Kingfisher hide, 155 White-fronted Geese, an unringed, full-wing Ruddy Shelduck, a Little Stint, 20 Golden Plovers and an Oystercatcher today. (Tom Weston-McClung/Tony Hurcombe/Martin Price). Pic by Martin.bitterns-210117

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE, a Stonechat, 6+ Reed Buntings, 6+ Lesser Redpolls and a Treecreeper. At Wenchford a Grey Wagtail and a Buzzard. (Alan Waterman). Pic by Alan. great-grey-shrike-210117

Six Hawfinches at Crown Lane, Parkend by the cricket pitch today. (Les Waring/Rob Guest/Alan Waterman). Pic by Les.hawfinches-210117

Cam     A Woodcock flushed between the Peak and the Long Down today. (Terry Fenton).

Calcot     200+ Golden Plovers at Calcot near Tetbury today. (Nick Holland).

Stonehouse    A Snipe at the back of the Ocean on the canal and a Buzzard in St Cyr’s churchyard. (Paul Sutton).

Berkeley shore     A WATER PIPIT still at the shore but mobile and elusive, also a JACK SNIPE and two Stonechats today. (Paul Taylor). 

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Area five Wigeon, seven Teal, ten Mallards, a Kestrel, ten Snipe, a Chiffchaff and five Reed Buntings today. (Mike Smart).

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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