Sunday 28th January 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     The adult RING-NECKED DUCK relocated on Pit 32 and later on Pit 31 until 2:45pm at least. (Nigel Pleass). A BITTERN flew from the reedbed on Pit 31 towards Pit 32 at 10:25am. Also five Goosanders (3m). (MK). A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew over Pit 31 and landed in Pit 79. (Kim & Sue Milsom). Pics by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park East     The immature/female SCAUP on Pit 126 again this morning. (Nigel Pleass). A BITTERN on Pit 126 in the spiral reed bed. Two Egyptian Geese and a few Cormorants nest building on Whelford pools. (Keith Jennings).

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. (Simon Bradfield/Stephen Vickers).

Forest of Dean     24 Hawfinches at Parkend in Crown Lane at 9am. (Graham Lawlor). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill. Also five Crossbills and a Raven and a Stonechat and a Goshawk over Yew Tree Brake. (Natalie Roberts/Derek Julian).

Frampton     The MARSH HARRIER still from the canal towpath at Splatt Bridge, also a Stonechat here. A very early Ringed Plover high N over Splatt Bridge and a Hawfinch on Green Lane. (Gordon Hodgson).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today in the field before 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. (Malcolm Royal).

Great Barrington     The ringtail HEN HARRIER over the fields immediately to the N of Great Barrington (SP 2122 1413) this afternoon, between 1pm and 3pm. (Martine Fenn/Jake King).

WWT Slimbridge     A Spotted Redshank from Stephen Kirk hide and a male Goldeneye on South Lake. (Neil Smart).

Driffield     The Great Bustard again flying N at 2:15pm, presumably from the Salisbury Plain introduction scheme. (Paul Rich).

Dursley     A Dipper in the stream running through the Littlecombe estate today. (Paul Lightfoot).

Gloucester     Two Hawfinches around Stewart’s Mill Lane, Abbeymead this afternoon (SO 86 15) between 3 and 4pm, usually distant and very mobile, last seen heading towards Abbeydale/Painswick Road. (Andrew Bluett). Record shot by Andrew.

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At Sudmeadow this afternoon 250 Lapwing heading S downriver, two Buzzards and a female Kestrel. An adult sinensis Cormorant with another Cormorant at Llanthony Weir and a pair of Roe Deer on the old tip. (Gordon Avery).

Nettleton     A Red Kite over Nettleton roundabout late morning. (MK).

May Hill     A Green Sandpiper flushed at the top of May Hill early this morning. (Simon Barker per Rob Guest).

Cirencester     A Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail on the River Churn this afternoon. (Chris Snook). Pics by Chris.

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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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