Wednesday 10th January 2018

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today at midday in the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118 and also in the short grass field W of here. 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. (Pete & Marjo Lewis).

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

Cotswold Water Park West     A first-winter CASPIAN GULL on Pit 16 this  afternoon. At least one SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF on the stream by Pit 85, at Shorncote Reedbed today. (Kim Milsom/Richard Munday).

Great Barrington area     A ringtail HEN HARRIER hunting today. (Keith Jennings).

Frampton     A female MARSH HARRIER and a ringtail HEN HARRIER from Splatt Bridge at 2:30pm. (Ian Hull/Gordon Kirk). Along the green lane SE of the Sailing Lake nine Lesser Redpolls, three Reed Buntings and 50+ Chaffinches. The adult Whooper Swan still on Court Lake today. (MK).

Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on the SARA pool 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. (Angela Carswell). A BLACK REDSTART on the second tower today, also two Stonechats. (Shane Long).

Forest of Dean     20+ Hawfinches at Parkend off Crown Lane by the cricket pitch today. (Phil Cull).

Cirencester     A Kingfisher feeding on the River Churn this afternoon. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.

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Tuffley     Male and female Blackcap in the garden today. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Edge     At Rudge Hill mid afternoon two Goldcrests, 18 Redwings, two Bullfinches, a female Greenfinch, two Green Woodpeckers, a Jay and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

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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