Sunday 22nd January 2017

Frampton     Two WATER PIPITS on the new Splatt reedbed scrape at 8:10am, one again briefly at 10:50am on the main flash. One again at 3:15pm. Also the MARSH HARRIER again and a Green Sandpiper. (Mark Dowie). The GREAT WHITE EGRET still on Court Lake this morning at the N end near to the Perryway. (Paul Masters/Andy Chapman). This evening’s roost at Court Lake four CATTLE EGRETS, two GREAT WHITE EGRETS, 17 Little Egrets and two Grey Herons. (Nick Goatman).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still this morning at SO719117 in a small, narrow, rough field on the edge of the river with a small, mistletoe-covered hawthorn in the middle of it. (Nigel Pleass). 

Bourton-on-the-Water     A garden WAXWING today, a garden first. (Andy Lewis).

Sharpness     Two BLACK REDSTARTS, one along Dock Road and one on Severn View Road by the picnic site. Also a Red Kite over. (Andy Jordan).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill at 10:25am. Also Reed Buntings, Siskins and Lesser Redpolls, a Snipe flushed, eight Wild Boar and a pair of Foxes. (Tim & Rose Smith).

Duntisbourne Abbots     15+ Bramblings amongst huge numbers of Chaffinches and Linnets along Jackbarrow Road near the Edgeworth to Duntisbourne crossroads this morning. (Dave Soons).

Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Fisher Close and surrounding streets. Strictly no parking in Fisher 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. (Dave Morgan).

Tewkesbury     At Lower Lode brick pits 42 Cormorants perching in trees around the pits. (Mike Smart/GNS field meeting).

Forthampton     A Green Sandpiper flushed from a brook, a Snipe flushed from maize stubble, a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER giving breeding song (heard by Andrew Bluett and Rob Curtis) and 100 Fieldfares and 100 Redwings feeding on wet pasture. (Mike Smart/GNS field meeting).

Stonehouse     On the canal at Ryeford a Water Rail and seven Siskins and at Bonds Mill three Little Grebes. (Keith Perkins).

Ashley     A Tawny Owl calling at 3:15am. Early to mid morning, 34+ Yellowhammers, 286 Fieldfares, 105+ Redwings, 38+ Skylarks, a Corn Bunting, two Snipe, 25+ Goldfinches, six Song Thrushes, 20+ Blackbirds, two Green Woodpeckers, a Jay, a Goldcrest, two Bullfinches, two Nuthatches, 31+ Linnets, three Stock Doves, three Buzzards and a Kestrel. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning two male Stonechats, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, four Goldcrests, three Bullfinches, a Jay, three Redwings, seven Fieldfares, a Grey Heron, a female Blackcap and a Buzzard. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.stonechat-220117

Ashleworth Ham     Early afternoon 13 Snipe and a Sparrowhawk. (Les Waring).

Winstone   c230 Golden Plovers feeding in fields 1/2m S of Winstone mid-afternoon. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon. golden-plovers-220117

Aylburton Warth     Four Stonechats, six Meadow Pipits, c10 Goldfinches, 1000+ Carrion Crows, Curlew, Teal, Shelduck and an Oystercatcher. (Alan Waterman).

Hawling     100 Lapwings, four Fieldfares and a Barn Owl at 4:30pm. (Dave Pegler).

May Hill   A pair of stonechat at the top of May Hill this afternoon. (Rob Guest).

Twyning    A male and female Blackcap and a male Reed Bunting in the garden today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cirencester    15 Long-tailed Tits in Beeches carpark today. (Felicity Cobb).

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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