Saturday 20th January 2018

Great Barrington     A GREAT GREY SHRIKE near a barn with log piles along the track from Barrington Bushes trig point SP209163. Please note the Barn is on private land but can be viewed from the public footpath one field over. Also a Barn Owl at 2:15pm. (Jamie Warren). Pic by Jamie.

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Cotswold Water Park East     The immature/female SCAUP on Pit 125 again this morning but moving to Pit 126 when flushed by swimmers. Also a Cetti’s Warbler and a Snipe. (Ian Ralphs).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still this morning at SO837204. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Amy Schwartz).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today in the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118. 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. (Amy Schwartz).

Berkeley shore     A WATER PIPIT this morning and c60 Golden Plovers flew S. (Paul Taylor).

Kingswood     At Wotton Road garden birds included two Dippers, a Grey Wagtail, three Bullfinches (2m, 1f), a Grey Heron, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, 15 Long-tailed Tits, five Goldfinches, a Raven and three Buzzards over. (Thomas McCarthy). Pic by Thomas.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     The Grundon Hide now easily accessible, almost no water left on the boardwalk, but the circular walk is still not passable because of floodwater. Birds today included c3000 Wigeon and c1500 Teal, at least 254 Pintails, 30 Shovelers, six Gadwalls, 50 Mallards, two Mute Swans, c250 Canada Geese and 100 Greylags, 15 Coots, two Grey Herons, 100 Lapwings and a Curlew. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     At Mitton on the wet field behind the sailing club 30 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 50 Mallards and five Shovelers. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     c200 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose and c5 Pintails today. (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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