Tuesday 30th January 2018

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

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still this morning 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. (John Sanders).

Harnhill     The Great Bustard seen on the ground and in flight at 8:15am around SP063002, presumably from the Salisbury Plain introduction scheme. Relocated at 12:50pm in stubble at SP0726701199 park at SP0720200964. (MK). Then seen in flight again at 2pm heading E. (Graham Tompsett). Three Grey Partridges in a large green field at SU061997 this morning. Also a pale-phase Common Buzzard and a Red Kite. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park West     A BITTERN flew into the reeds at Pit 6 opposite the Gateway Cafe at SU0719296782, seen again at 1:05pm and still present at 2:15pm despite strimming and burning going on close-by. Better mornings, views are into the sun in the afternoon. (Ben Welbourn). The drake RING-NECKED DUCK still at Pit 31, also three Goosanders. On Pit 34 (Coke’s Pit) five Red Crested Pochards, three Egyptian Geese and a Goosander. On Pit 44 14 Red Crested Pochards and three Goosanders. (Graham Tompsett/Duncan Dine/Phil Pope/Steve Brown/Sue & Trevor Clayson). At Shorncote Reed Bed birds included a female/immature MARSH HARRIER, a Barn Owl, five Little Egrets, the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still, two Chiffchaffs, two Kingfishers, 12 Redwings, two Skylarks, 11 Goldfinches, nine Cetti’s Warblers (5 seen, 4 heard), three Bullfinches (2m, 1f), three Water Rails (1 seen, 2 heard), six Tufted Ducks, 29 Lapwings over, a Raven and a Green Sandpiper. (John Fletcher/Phil Pope/Sue & Trevor Clayson). Bittern pic by Mike, Siberian Chiffchaff & Marsh Harrier by John.

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Cotswold Water Park East     The immature/female SCAUP on Pit 125 this morning and 22 Red Crested Pochards, a Sparrowhawk, two Bullfinches and a Grey Wagtail on Pit 126. A pair of Goldeneyes at Whelford Pool. (Paul Rich/Graham Tompsett/Steve Brown).

Alderton     A Barn Owl hunting at 5:30pm. (Graham Tompsett).

Forest of Dean     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER at Linear Park, Cinderford SO6489913581 today. (Will Masefield). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill at 9:30am and a Crossbill. Two Crossbills at Nagshead. (Roger Gillespie). A pair of Hawfinches visiting the garden daily in Ellwood. (Clive Mowforth). Pic by Clive.

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Batsford     This afternoon around the Arboretum birds included at least three Bramblings (in upper car park trees at 4:15 pm), a female Bullfinch, three Coal Tits,  a Nuthatch, three Mistle Thrushes, and a Buzzard over. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock Area today the Peregrine pair, a Goshawk, a Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, Ravens, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, a pair of Mandarins, a Stock Dove, two Marsh Tits, a Fieldfare and a pair of Mistle Thrushes. Also two Bank Voles and four Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pics by Phil.

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Great Barrington     400 Golden Plovers N of the village. (Steve Brown).

Tuffley     A Little Egret present most of the day between Tuffley and Kingsway. (Mark Hobson). Pic by Mark.

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Cambridge/Frampton     Along the canal from Ryalls Bridge to Splatt Bridge this afternoon birds included a Kestrel with prey, 80 Fieldfares, 60 Redwings, two Little Egrets and two Buzzards. (Paddy Doyle).

Winstone     In the Winstone area two Stock Doves, five Buzzards, 12 Bullfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Jay, 12+ Yellowhammers and five Roe Deer. (Mark Grieve).

Cowley     On Cowley Manor Lake a pair of Little Grebes displaying, also a pair of Mute Swans and a pair of Buzzards. (Gordon Avery).

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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