Monday 29th January 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     The adult RING-NECKED DUCK again today on Pit 31 until 3pm at least. On Cokes Pit (Pit 34) four Egyptian Geese, four Red Crested Pochards, two Great Crested Grebes and three Goosanders (2m), also on Pit 44 three Goosanders and c15 Red Crested Pochards. (Gordon & Margaret Avery/Martin Greenish/David & Gillian Smith). At Shorncote the GREAT WHITE EGRET SSW of the hides further along the path on the far side of a large newly dug gravel pit. (Les Ditchburn).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204 until at least 12:30pm when flushed from the ponds by dogs. (Jim Northcott/Jonny T). A Barn Owl over Alney Island Nature Reserve at 7am this morning. (Nat Roberts).

Driffield     550 Fieldfares on arable land near the village but no sign of the Great Bustard today. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Elmore     At 6pm a Barn Owl at Wicks Green and a Little Owl near Hollow Farm. (Paul Masters).

Birdlip     A Red Kite at 9:30am above Birdlip Viewpoint. (David & Gillian Smith).

Great Barrington    From Barrington Bushes trig point the ringtail HEN HARRIER again this afternoon. Also a SHORT-EARED OWL, two Red Kites and a Kestrel. (Les Ditchburn/Jonny T).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still this morning in the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118. 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. (Jonny T).

Wanswell     In the Wanswell Court area a pair of Stonechats at SO691006 and a Meadow Pipit. (Paddy Doyle).

Breadstone     At Bushy Grove two Buzzards, at Marlpool Lane a Goldcrest and at Billow Farm two Treecreepers in Willows. (Paddy Doyle).

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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