Friday 5th January 2018

Gloucester     The 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. (Ian Ralphs/Liz Clipson/Jon Mercer/Malcolm Royal/ Claire Workman). At Over Park Avenue this morning, a Raven being chased by three Jackdaws and two Magpies. (Pam & Frank Bryant).

Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on the SARA pool and in the marina area today. 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. Also a female type BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road. (Paul Taylor).

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER on Pit 125 Bowmoor Sailing Club lake again today. (Jon Mercer).

Sapperton     At Chapmans Cross 763 Golden Plovers today. (Lyn & Keith Perkins).

Berkeley     A Barn owl flew across road at Abwell this evening. (Jeff Kirby). 12 Snipe flew low NW over the garden (3rd garden record) and a Chiffchaff feeding in the bushes today.  (Tom Weston-McClung). At Berkeley shore 200 Wigeon, 32 Redshanks, 200 Redwings, 15 Snipe and a WATER PIPIT today. (Geoff Moyser).

Dursley     Three Hawfinches today at Ewelme Close at ST764979. They were high in the tall trees with large batches of mistletoe north of the stream. Also six Siskins nearby from the Rope Walk ST761982. (Philip Pope). A Dipper in the river at Ewelme Close today. (Geoff Moyser).

Frampton     A SHORT-EARED OWL and a MARSH HARRIER from Splatt Bridge this evening. (Colin Greenfield).

Cheltenham     A Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite drifted N and a Peregrine over the town centre today. (Duncan Dine).

WWT Slimbridge     A Spotted Redshank on the Rushy today. (Paul Masters).

Longlevens     A Raven over Park Avenue this morning, being chased by three Jackdaws and two Magpies. (Pam & Frank Bryant).

Seven Springs     In a field Beside Chatcombe Wood a Buzzard on the ground being mobbed by two Red Kites. (Paddy Doyle).

Syreford     A Red Kite flying low across the field at SP 03590 20077. (Paddy Doyle).

Hawling     A Kestrel, a Jay, five Long-tailed Tits, two Red Kites and seven Magpies together. (Paddy Doyle).

Farmington     A Red Kite flying over a field at SP 14242 15229. (Paddy Doyle).

Sherborne     100+ Redwings feeding in field with eight Goldfinches, and three Red Kites at SP 16612 16543. (Paddy Doyle).

Eastleach     21 Red Kites roosting in trees at SP 19519 07440 and four Buzzards in field nearby. (Paddy Doyle).

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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