Tuesday 24th January 2017

WWT Slimbridge     A BITTERN from Van de Bovenkamp hide mid morning. (Dave Pearce/Roy Shilham). Pic by Roy.bittern-240117

Frampton     A WATER PIPIT on the new Splatt reedbed scrape midday and the GREAT WHITE EGRET nearby. (Dave Pearce). Also the MARSH HARRIER again today. (Nick Goatman). At the pools late afternoon the GREAT WHITE EGRET, the Goldeneye still, two male Pintails, seven Wigeon, 160 Tufted Ducks, 38 Teal, 51 Gadwalls and 370 Coots. (Nick Goatman).

Quedgeley     30+ WAXWINGS at Kingsway in the Orchard off of Woodvale opposite Asda today in the area around SO814138. At 4:19pm the flock flew over Asda at the A38 towards Tesco. (Paula Whitcher/Fred & Heather Hobson/Matt Lathan/MK).

Saul     A CATTLE EGRET in horse paddocks beside the Arlingham road just past Cadbury Bridge again today. (Roy Widgery).

Longlevens     Two Ring-necked Parakeets seen from the garden in Kendal Road at 8am. (Martin Greenish).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning a JACK SNIPE, 14 Snipe, two Stonechats, three Reed Buntings and a Little Egret. (Martin Greenish).

May Hill     A Woodcock flushed in Bearfoot Wood on May Hill today. (Rob Guest).

Symonds Yat    Today in the Yat rock area the Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, three Buzzards, Ravens, two male Goosanders, two Song Thrushes, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, a Bullfinch, two Grey Herons, a Kingfisher, three Goldcrests, a Marsh Tit, two Stock Doves, a flock of Long-tailed Tits, a Jay and four Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Nailsworth     Six Little Grebes together on an unfrozen patch of water on the mill pond adjacent to the cycle track at SO844003. (Susanne Zamze).

Rodborough    A small flock of c15 Meadow Pipits on the side of Rodborough Common at SO846031. (Susanne Zamze).

Duntisbourne Abbots     In fields N of the road between Jackbarrow Farm and Duntisbourne Abbots three Golden Plovers and c40 mobile Common Gulls (SO9607). In fields between Duntisbourne Abbots and the A417 c120 Fieldfares with c30 Redwings. (Keith White).

Ashley     Along the Monarch way path 172+ Fieldfares, 56+ Redwings, five Buzzards, ten Song Thrushes, 20+ Blackbirds, a Kestrel, 8+ Yellowhammers, 36 Skylarks, 75+ Linnets, a Mistle Thrush, a Green Woodpecker, 30+ Stock Doves, two Jays, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Nuthatches, two Goldcrests, 20+ Chaffinches and 85 Common Gulls on plough. (Mark Grieve).

Corse     c400 Lapwings in fields off Straight Lane today. (Steve French).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Practically all the birds were round a hole in the ice on the Long Pool and included two Mute Swans, two Canada Geese, a Shelduck, 40 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 15 Mallards, ten Shovelers and two Grey Herons, a Coot on the Long Pool and five on the canal, also two Stonechats alongside the footpath. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     Two Mute Swans, 61 Greylags, 200 Wigeon, 700 Teal, 20 Mallards, two Pintails, 15 Shovelers, 25 Snipe. Also a Marsh Harrier was seen flying past at some height by another birder. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Boddington     c200 Lapwing in fields just S of the Gloucester Old Spot Inn. (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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