Saturday 27th January 2018

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. (Derek Julian).

Cotswold Water Park East     In the Pit 104 area at Fairford this morning two Mandarins, 30 Wigeon, eight Gadwalls, ten Teal, four Pochards, 80 Tufted Ducks, six Goldeneyes, 17 Goosanders, three Little Grebes, two Red Kites, a Kestrel, a Water Rail, three Snipe, three Chiffchaffs, a Marsh Tit, 18 Goldfinches, 30 Lesser Redpolls and eight Bullfinches. (Mick Jones). The female/immature SCAUP on Pit 126 still, also three Goosanders. (Jonathan Angliss).

Forest of Dean     At least 8 Hawfinches at Parkend in Crown Lane. (Pete Dovey/Derek Julian). Also a colour-ringed Dipper at Wenchford picnic site. (Derek Julian). Record shot of the Dipper by Derek. Hawfinch pic by Pete.

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Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on the SARA pool today. For birders visiting for the Diver, the bird is also being regularly seen in the ‘marina’ area. Please keep strictly to the towpath and/or footpath through this area. With patience you will see it well either side of the marina. (Paul Taylor).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still until 1:50pm at least in the 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. (Grant Price).

Symonds Yat     In the YatRock area today the resident Peregrines, Buzzards, Ravens, nine Mandarins (6m, 3f), a Jay, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a pair of Bullfinches, two Song Thrushes, a Marsh Tit and the viewpoints resident Nuthatches. Also four Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds included c100 Greylags, 300 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, c2000 Wigeon, up to 1000 Teal, 20 Mallards, 161+ Pintails, 22+ Shovelers, four Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron, 35 Coots and 400+ Lapwings. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     15 Mute Swans, a Shelducks and ten Wigeon 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 and most recently South Africa.
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