Friday 19th January 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER showing well at Pit 16 today accessed from the industrial park road (The Mallards) and park in Nightingale Way SU051965 to view pit. (Duncan Dine). Pic by Duncan.

Great Northern Diver 190118

Cotswold Water Park East     The immature/female SCAUP on Pit 125 today again at 10:50am. (Roger Gillespie).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today until 3pm at least at SO837204. Also a Stonechat. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Susan Payne/Adam Rawson/Hilary Billinghurst/Alan Waterman). Pic by Hilary. Stonechat pic by Alan.

Penduline Tit 190118

Stonechat 190118

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today in the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118 at 4pm. It also gets in the surrounding fields but doesn’t move far. 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. (Colin Greenfield).

Forest of Dean     10-15 Hawfinches at Parkend by the cricket pitch in Crown Lane at lunchtime today. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.

Hawfinch 190118

Leckhampton Hill     At least six Bramblings with Chaffinches along the footpath just N of Hartley Farm at SO958181. (Roy Shilham).

Sherborne     Two Hawfinches with Greenfinches in Sherborne church yard this morning. (Richard Tyler).

Frampton     The Whooper Swan on Court Lake at 3:15pm and the regular roosting Tawny Owl at SO749076. (Colin Oram).

Ashleworth Ham     From the hide at Meerend Thicket 12 Snipe, 285 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, two Shelduck, 46 Pintails, two Goldcrests, a Treecreeper, two Nuthatches and two Stonechats. No sign of the Green-winged Teal by 4pm today. (John Fletcher).

Cheltenham     A Little Egret at the small pond near Cheltenham GCHQ by Benhall roundabout mid morning. (Rob Homan).

Kineton     A Little Egret today. (Alan Waterman).

Berkeley shore     24 Turnstones today. (Geoff Moyser).

Longlevens     12 Goldfinches feeding in the garden this morning at Park Avenue, the biggest count in 47 years. (Pam & Frank Bryant).

Gretton     A new garden tick this lunchtime when a Buzzard unexpectedly dropped in to a fir tree in Working Lane – the first garden record in 27 years. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

Buzzard 190118

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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