Wednesday 17th January 2018

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204. Apparently it is ripping open the Reed Mace heads searching for moth larvae (Limnaecia phragmitella). Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Gordon Avery/Matt Lathan/Richard Tyler). Pics by Richard.

Penduline Tit 1 170118

Penduline Tit 2 170118

Nearby at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake birds included two Mute Swans, five Teal, 12 Mallards, two Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, two Snipe, a female Stonechat and three Reed Buntings today. (Gordon Avery).

Cotswold Water Park West     A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF with 2+ Common Chiffchaffs along the stream by the entrance gate to Shorncote Reedbed at 12:30pm. It only called once in an hour. A pair of Goosanders on Pit 87. (MK).

Great Barrington     From Barrington Bushes trig point a ringtail HEN HARRIER at 4pm. (Duncan Dine).

WWT Slimbridge     A Greenland White-fronted Goose. the Red-breasted Goose and two Little Stints today. (Martin Greenish/Jake King).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still this morning at 8:30am in a furrowed field near 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. (Shaun Wells).

Stroud     A Water Rail on the side of the canal at Bowbridge near Stroud today at SO858041. (Phil Pope).

Brimscombe     Two Dippers near Brimscombe Port at SO882021. (Phil Pope).

Harnhill      Two Grey Partridges at SP061001, also a Red Kite, a Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard. (Roger Gillespie). Also a covey of five Grey Partridges seen and two Kestrels. (John Grearson).

Leckhampton Hill     Four Bramblings at Hartley Farm at SO958181. (Roger Gillespie).

Forest of Dean     At Blaize Bailey a Hawfinch visiting the garden sporadically for the last four weeks. This is a ringed bird, possibly marked 1K? (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers). At Parkend nine Hawfinches today and nearby a Dipper. (Ian Hull). If you are lucky enough to get a photo of a colour-ringed Hawfinch, please let me know or contact Jerry Lewis jmsl2587@yahoo.co.uk who will be able to let you know when/where it was ringed. Recent colours (white, orange or dark blue rings) have 2 alpha-numerics, reading top down. Many thanks. 

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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