Friday 26th January 2018

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today until 12:30pm at least at SO837204. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Gordon & Margaret Avery/Bob Shiret). Pics by Bob.

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Dursley     Six Hawfinches at Castle Stream Farm, Whiteway this morning. (Phil Pope).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today in a field to the W of 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. (Nick Truby). Pics by Nick.

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Leckhampton Hill     A male Brambling with the dispersed and restless Chaffinch flock at Hartley Farm this morning. Also singing Skylarks over adjacent cereal fields. (Robert Homan).

Duntisbourne Leer     A male MERLIN successfully chasing a large flock of mixed finches near the Duntisbourne Leer turning, off Jackbarrow Road at noon today. (Michael Cook).

Hardwicke     A Barn Owl quartering waste land at Quadrant Way at 4:45pm and a Kingfisher visited the balancing pond in Newhaven Road adjacent to Quedgeley Asda at 1:30pm where there was also a Chiffchaff, two male Blackcaps and several Pied Wagtails. (Michael Cook).

Cotswold Water Park West     On  Pit 44, 14 Red Crested Pochards (10m, 4f), on Pit 65 a male Goosander, on Pit 57 a pair of Goldeneyes and 112 Wigeon, on Pit 31 five Goosanders (3m), a Green Sandpiper over towards Pit 87, on Pit 32 a male Goosander and at Pit 87, 30+ Teal flew out. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge     This morning a Ruff on the Rushy, three Oystercatchers and c24 Black-tailed Godwits on South Lake. This afternoon a Little Stint on the Rushy and from the Holden Tower five Common Cranes (GCRP birds) and the Red-breasted Goose of unknown origin amongst Barnacle and Canada Geese. (Andy & Sue Gibbons/Bob Shiret/Nick Truby/Derek Julian). Pic by Nick.

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Harnhill     Two Red Kites this morning and nearby two Ravens on carrion at Driffield. (MK).

Forest of Dean     Several Hawfinches at Parkend in Crown Lane. c30 Snipe and a JACK SNIPE at Woorgreens LAke and two Goosanders. (Ken Smallwood).

Hasfield Ham     2500 Lapwings over at midday. Also six Red-legged Partridges along the lane by Stonebow Farm. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Highnam Woods     This afternoon birds included seven Marsh Tits, six Coal Tits, four Treecreepers, two Jays, two Goldcrests, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, two Stock Doves, a Raven, a Tawny Owl, a Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard. Also two Bank Voles under a bird feeder by the hide. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Woodford     Today two Lesser Redpolls again on the feeders in the garden, also four Long-tailed Tits and in the arboretum at least ten Fieldfares. (Geoff Poulton).

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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