Thursday 11th January 2018

Walmore Common     A DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE this afternoon. (Martin Harrison).

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. (Ben Locke).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still this morning 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. (Mark Dowie).

Cotswold Water Park West     A first-winter CASPIAN GULL on Pit 16 again this afternoon. (Kim Milsom/Richard Munday).

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. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Frampton     The female MARSH HARRIER again hunting over the 100-Acre and Splatt flashes until early afternoon only, viewed from the towpath at Splatt Bridge. (Les Ditchburn/MK). Also two Kingfishers. (Les Ditchburn). On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge today 25 Curlews, five Redshanks, 148+ Lapwings, 70+ Shelducks, a Little Egret and a male Blackcap along the towpath. (MK). From 3:45pm a SHORT-EARED OWL hunting the foreshore viewed from the towpath at Splatt Bridge. (MK/Bill Church/Mark Dowie/Gordon Kirk). A Brambling in the garden at Vicarage Lane this morning was a garden first. Also a Goldcrest. (Bill Church).

Saul Warth     Three Wigeon (2m, 1f), c1000 Black-headed Gulls, 16 Pied Wagtails and a Chiffchaff this afternoon. (MK).

Forest of Dean    Nine Crossbills between Woorgreens and Crabtree Hill early afternoon. (Martin Harrison).

Ashleworth Ham     This morning birds included six Mute Swans, 300 Canada Geese, 50 Greylags, at least 1500 Wigeon, 700 Teal (500 Hasfield, 200 Ashleworth), at least 200 Pintails, 15 Shovelers, a Peregrine on the pylons, 67 Lapwings, 70 Fieldfares, a Nuthatch, a Meadow Pipit and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart). Also this afternoon a female Gadwall, a Cormorant, 250 Lapwings over, a Snipe, a Goldcrest, two Stock Doves and two Ravens. (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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