Saturday 30th December 2017

Gloucester     The female PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (John Tilby).

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER on Pit 125 Bowmoor Sailing Club lake again this morning and the first-winter SCAUP still. (Ian Ralphs).

Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on the SARA pool and in the marina area today until 1pm at least. For birders visiting for the Diver, the bird is also being regularly seen in the ‘marina’ area. Please keep strictly to the towpath and/or footpath through this area. With patience you will see it well either side of the marina. (Paul Taylor/Vic Polley).

Saul Warth     A Water Pipit this morning and 800+ Starlings. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge     From Zeiss hide today 600+ Golden Plover, 570 Lapwings, three Snipe, eight Pochards, 319 Dunlins, 223 Wigeon and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Paul Daunter). Also today two Little Stints, 136 Mute Swans, 89 Bewick’s Swans, 12 White-fronted Goose, 120+ Pochards, 650+ Golden Plovers, 21 Ruff, 14 Snipe, a Water Rail and a Peregrine. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Stoke Orchard     A MERLIN and a Sparrowhawk harassing a flock of Starlings, Fieldfares and Redwings today. (Andy Jayne).

Cotswold Water Park West     A Marsh Harrier over Coke’s Pit at 3:30pm. (Dave Soons).

Great Barrington     A HEN HARRIER and two Short-eared Owls in the Barrington area today with lots of Red Kites, Buzzards, Kestrels and a Corn Bunting. (Tom Mabbett).

Bourton-on-the-Water     At Bourton pits c100 Wigeon, 60 Mallards, 25 Tufted Ducks, two Gadwalls, a drake Pintail, a Little Grebe, a Great Crested Grebe, 15 Coots and c30 Canada Geese. (Tom Mabbett).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair and another adult Peregrine on the rock face which was allowed to stay for several hours before eventually being chased off, Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, a male Bullfinch, Ravens, a Hawfinch, a Marsh Tit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a male and female Goosander. Also nine Fallow Deer today. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     There is extensive flooding, the circular walk is no longer passable and the floodwater is at calf level on the boardwalk leading to the Grundon hide. Birds today included 300 Greylags, 450 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, five Shelducks, 1065+ Wigeon, three Gadwalls, c800 Teal, 20 Mallards, 80 Pintails, 20 Shovelers, two Tufted Ducks, two Grey Herons, two Lapwings and 20 Long-tailed Tits. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     There is also extensive flooding between the canal and the River Chelt, just two Mute Swans and 50 Lapwings. (Mike Smart). At Ashleworth Ham the water is quite high (Dirty Lane is impassable, and only two bricks showing on the bridge).

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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