Saturday 13th January 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     A drake RING-NECKED DUCK at the N end of Pit 31 until 2:25pm at least. Pit 31 is Keynes Country Park (where the beach is). Gates are open between 10am and 3pm during the winter, there is no entry charge. A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF seen and heard calling by Pit 42 mid afternoon. A probable Siberian Chiffchaff at Pit 85, Shorncote Reedbed, also at least three Common Chiffchaffs, a Grey Wagtail, a Goldcrest and Cetti’s Warbler. (Paul Rich).

Great Barrington     A ringtail HEN HARRIER from Barrington Bushes trig point at 1:15pm SP213160. (Roger Gillespie).

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. (Matt Scott).

Winchcombe     Five Hawfinches in flight in Sudeley Castle grounds this morning, a patch tick. (Steve Owen).

Eastleach     At Eastleach Downs Farm a Hawfinch this morning. Also a Reed Bunting, 12 Corn Buntings, a Stonechat, three Ravens and 12 Red Kites.  (Ian Ralphs).

Silk Wood     This morning a Hawfinch along the Maple Loop at ST842892. (Vic Polley).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE again this morning at Crabtree Hill. Also a few Crossbills in the area. (Colin Greenfield).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair, Buzzards, Ravens, a female Kestrel, three Bullfinches (2m, 1f), a Goldcrest, Jays, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Marsh Tits, a pair of Mandarins, a Grey Heron, a Treecreeper and three male Goosanders. Also a Bank Vole and four Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Saul Warth     A WATER PIPIT again this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton     A MARSH HARRIER still viewed from the towpath at Splatt Bridge. (Gordon Hodgson).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still until 10:30am at least 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. (Richard Hearn). Also male and female Stonechat here today. Also a Barn Owl flying around a field at SO7115911926 this afternoon.  (Paddy Doyle).

Purton     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER this morning along the canal between the timber ponds and the old bridge near Sharpness. (Chris Newton/Andy Jordan). Pic by Chris.

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Longlevens     A female Blackcap still on the garden feeder today. (Elly Rickelton).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Peregrines, the Little Stint still on the Rushy, an Oystercatcher on South Lake and the Water Rail from Willow hide. (Nat Roberts).

Cherington     At Cherington Lake this afternoon birds included seven Little Grebes, a Green Woodpecker, a Nuthatch heard and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Longlevens     A Green Woodpecker in the garden this morning. (Pete Lewis).

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Coates     A juvenile Goshawk near Coates this morning. Also a large flock c1000-1200 of mixed finches and sparrows mainly Goldfinches, Linnets and Chaffinches, several Yellowhammers, Corn Buntings, seven Bramblings and at least one Reed Bunting near SO955019. (Michael Cook).

Tewkesbury     A Stonechat on Tewkesbury Ham at 11:30am. (Tim & Elaine Cash). Pic by Elaine.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     The Grundon Hide is now comfortably accessible in wellies, water calf deep on the boardwalk. Birds included five adult Mute Swans, 500 Canada Geese, 200 Greylags, a Barnacle Goose, c1500 Wigeon, c1200 Teal, two Gadwalls, 50 Mallards, at least 93 Pintails, 29 Shovelers, eight Tufted Ducks, two Grey Herons, 240 Lapwings, a Curlew, 200 Black-headed-Gulls, a Pied Wagtail, two Redwings and a Treecreeper singing. (Mike Smart).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow a Peregrine, two Mute Swans, 125 Canada Geese, two Greylags and 45 Carrion Crows. (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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