Sunday 14th January 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     The drake RING-NECKED DUCK on Pit 31 at 2:30pm at least. (Duncan Dine/Richard Tyler/Jon Mercer), earlier on Pit 87. (Roger Gillespie/John Grearson). Pic by Richard.

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A GREAT NORTHERN DIVER on Pit 16 at 4pm. (Kim Milsom/Jim Wainwright). A GREAT WHITE EGRET on Pit 41 and a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still on the stream at Shorncote Reedbed. (Kim Milsom). Also male and female Goosander on Pit 31, two male Goosanders on Pit 44, three male Goosanders on Pit 55, 50+ Red Crested Pochards on Pit 44 and a Siskin at Neigh Bridge. (Jon Mercer/Steve Brown).

Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still in the marina today. For birders visiting for the Diver, if the bird is 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. (Paul Taylor).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204 until 1:10pm at least. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Kirsty Attrell/Julian Thomas).

Rendcomb     A Dipper singing on the bank near the bridge today. (Steve Brown).

Driffield     Six Grey Partridges in the field over the road from Field Barn today. (Steve Brown).

Leckhampton Hill      10+ Bramblings with 200+ Chaffinches and 200+ Fieldfares at Hartley Farm grainstore. (Steve Brown).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still until 2:30pm at least in 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. (Julian Thomas).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill at 9am. Also 10+ Crossbills and 80+ Lesser Redpolls. (Mark Coller). 15 Crossbills on Staple Edge at 10:30am. (Tim Smith).

Saul Warth     A WATER PIPIT still this morning and a Rock Pipit nearby at Hock Ditch. (Paul Rich).

Harnhill     At 10am four Grey Partridges in a stubble field. (Ian Hull).

Ashleworth Ham     From the hide at Meerend Thicket, six Meadow Pipits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Buzzards, 250+ Teal, 150 + Wigeon, 35+ Shovelers, 33+ Mallards, 46+ Pintails, four Gadwalls, two Lapwings, a Shelduck, a Snipe, a Bullfinch, two Grey Heron and a Mistle Thrush. (Mark Grieve).

Walmore Common     Four adult Bewick’s Swans, the first of the winter here. Also three Whooper Swans, 33 Shelducks, 570 Teal, three Pintails, 22 Shovelers and 260 Lapwings. (Andy Jayne).

Tresham     Two female Bramblings at Boxwell Court today. (Paul Rich).

Frampton pools     A Green Sandpiper, a Pochard, 21 Gadwalls, 81 Tufted Ducks, 23 Shovelers, a male Pintail, eight Canada Geese. three Greylags, a Kingfisher, four Little Grebes, four Curlews over, a Tawny Owl and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming today. (Nick Goatman).

Naunton-Windrush valley     40+ Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, six Teal, two Mute Swans, a Buzzard and a Peregrine over. (Philip Steele).

Arlingham     A Barn Owl again this evening around SO7115911926.  (Paddy Doyle). Pic by Paddy.

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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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