Tuesday 9th January 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     Two SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS on the stream by Pit 85, at Shorncote Reedbed this morning. (Kim Milsom).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still this morning at SO837204. Also a Stonechat. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Susan Payne).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still until 1pm at least in the short grass field W of the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118. Park sensibly in Arlingham village. Take the public footpath on the left after Slowwe House (don’t take the Silver Street Project trail). Follow the footpath across the fields until you reach a farmyard (with Alpacas). Go up onto the seawall and follow the Severn Way downriver towards the bird. (Paul Rich).

Frampton     Male and female MARSH HARRIERS hunting over the 100-Acre together at 12:45pm viewed from the towpath at Splatt Bridge. On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge this morning 70+ Curlews, a Redshank, 2 Dunlins, 43 Lapwings, 45+ Shelducks, a Grey Heron and a Sparrowhawk. (MK). Record shot by Mike.

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Nailsworth     A Dipper at Dunkirk Mills this afternoon. (Michael King).

Coombe Hill Meadows     View only from the towpath due to flooding. c500 Canada Geese, c50 Greylags, a Barnacle Goose, c1500 Wigeon, c800 Teal, 30 Mallards, c25 Shovelers, c70 Pintails, a Grey Heron, two Water Rails calling, a Curlew, ten Pied Wagtails and a Treecreeper singing. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows     Four Mute Swans, 11 Mallards, 200 Lapwings, a Dunlin, two Snipe, 1+ Green Sandpiper, 300+ Black-headed Gulls, five Common Gulls, 40 Herring Gulls, 50 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, ten Pied Wagtails and a Meadow Pipit today. (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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