Tuesday 16th January 2018

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still this afternoon at SO837204. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Dave Roberts/Lee Evans).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still this afternoon in the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118. Also four Stonechats in the area. 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. (Lee Evans/Terry Grant). Pic by Terry.

Richard's Pipit 160118

Purton     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER this morning along the canal near to Purton. (Terry Grant). Pic by Terry.

Great Northern Diver 160118

Frampton pools     The Whooper Swan back on Court Lake, a Green Sandpiper, two Egyptian Geese, a Hawfinch, two Bramblings, 20+ Reed Buntings, 20+ Yellowhammers, 40+ Chaffinches, ten Linnets, 40+ Redwings, ten Fieldfares, two Kingfishers, two Grey Wagtails and a Raven today. (Nick Goatman).

Sherborne     20+ Hawfinches in tall beeches opposite Sherborne Brook by the weir, but then flew off. (Alan Baxter).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill. Nearby a mixed flock of Crossbills, Siskins and Lesser Redpolls at Drybrook Road Station. (Roy Kinchin). Pic by Rich Tyler, also Mandarin at Cannop ponds and Hawfinch at Parkend.

Great Grey Shrike 160118

Mandarin 160118

Hawfinch 160118

Berkeley shore     At Severn House Farm early morning at least eight Turnstones, also Dunlin, Redshank and Curlew. (Paul Rich).

Leckhampton Hill     At least 20 Bramblings at the ruin above Hartley Farm viewed from the public footpath at 3pm. (Martin Harrison).

Great Barrington     From Barrington Bushes trig point nine Red Kites, four Buzzards, seven Bullfinches and eight Yellowhammers today. (Martin Greenish).

Cotswold Water Park East     Two Whooper Swans at Pit 132 today still. Also a flock of 3000 Lapwings. (Duncan Dine).

Bourton-on-the-Water     17 Pintails on the northernmost pit by GWT’s Greystones Farm today. (Will Masefield/Andy Lewis).

Edge     At Sevenleaze Lane mid afternoon centred on SO861124 from the track entrance to Spoonbed Farm 365 Linnets. Also around SO 848112 a Buzzard, two Kestrels, nine Fieldfares and 2000+ Carrion Crows. (John Fletcher).

Tuffley     A garden Chiffchaff today, a garden first. (John Fletcher).

Walmore Common     Four Mute Swans (adult pair and two cygnets) and ten Shelducks today. (Mike Smart/Dave Smith).

Wilmer Common     Just eight Shelducks today. (Mike Smart/Dave Smith).

Longney Sands     (Lower Dumball, Upper Dumball up to Cowley’s Elm) Two Canada Geese, two Shelducks, three Mallards, a Little Egret, a Cormorant in summer plumage, a Grey Heron, 17 Lapwings, 15 Snipe, two Great Black-backed Gulls, ten Skylarks and five Meadow Pipits today. (Mike Smart/Dave Smith).

Stroud     Two garden Redwings today, a garden first, the garden backs on to The Horns valley, on the eastern side of Stroud. Also three Bullfinches (2m, 1f), a male Blackcap, two Nuthatches, five Long-tailed Tits, seven Goldfinches, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Grey Heron. (Steve Hurrell).

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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