Saturday 6th 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. (per Nigel Pleass).

WWT Slimbridge     87 Bewick’s Swans on the Rushy this morning and 71 Snipe from Hogarth hide. Also 72 White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece and the Red-breasted Goose of unknown origin still viewed distantly from Holden Tower with the Barnacle Goose flock. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Frampton     A Hawfinch at Splatt Bridge this morning and a Goosander flew over towards the Sailing Lake. (Gordon Hodgson). Also a MERLIN this morning. (Shane Long). Late afternoon two Peregrines chasing around over the 100-Acre. (Neil Smart/MK). At the pools the Whooper Swan, 22 Mute Swans, 59 Tufted Ducks, 25 Gadwalls, eight Shovelers, 353 Coots, a Kingfisher, a Little Egret, a Little Grebe, five Great Crested Grebes, 50+ Redwings, five Fieldfares, six Reed Buntings, six Skylarks and a Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness     A Whooper Swan over the house towards the river at 8:15am. 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. (Andy Jordan).

Berkeley shore     This morning a WATER PIPIT, a JACK SNIPE, c20 Snipe, 13 Turnstones, four Dunlins, four Rock Pipits and a male Stonechat. (Paul Taylor).

Awre     A Little Owl, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, 28 Lapwings, a Mistle Thrush, two Meadow Pipits, seven Cormorants, a Green Woodpecker, a female Stonechat, two Great Black-backed Gulls and a Rock Pipit today. (Mark Grieve).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint today the resident Peregrines, two Buzzards, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest, a Jay, Ravens, a Hawfinch, a Marsh Tit, a Grey Heron, Long-tailed Tits and a Green Woodpecker. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.


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Coombe Hill Meadows     Water levels very high with extensive floodwater. Water is over the top of welly boot level on the boardwalk. Grundon Hide is barely accessible. Take Care! Two Mute Swans, 350 Canada Geese, 50 Greylags, a Barnacle Goose, 1600+ Wigeon, 800+ Teal, three Gadwalls, 20 Mallards, 85+ Pintails, 23+ Shovelers, a Pochard, 20 Tufted Ducks, a Buzzard, a Water Rail, 15 Coots, the first Curlew of the year already back, 80 Lapwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 12 Pied Wagtails and a Treecreeper singing. (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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