Friday 2nd February 2018

WWT Slimbridge     The GLOSSY IBIS on South Lake again this morning. At 11:35am in the near corner of the field adjacent to the car park, also two White-fronted Geese and at least 100 Curlew on the Tack Piece. This afternoon a Little Stint and a Spotted Redshank on the Rushy (from Peng Observatory), and a Water Rail showing well from the Knott Hide; also ten Avocets, at least 70 Black-tailed Godwits and two Oystercatchers on the South Lake. (Andy & Sue Gibbons). The GLOSSY IBIS came in to roost on South Lake at 4:30 this afternoon. (Trevor & Sue Clayson). Pic by Andy & Sue.

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Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE again this afternoon at 3pm. (Pete Dovey/John Mills). Hawfinches again at Crown Lane today at midday. (John Mills).

Beachley Point     On Chapel Rock at high tide this morning, the over-wintering Whimbrel, five Oystercatchers and 115 Dunlin. (John Sanders).

Walmore Common     The three Whooper Swans still, 700 Wigeon, 550+ Teal, 300 Pintails, 32 Shovelers, 14 Gadwalls, 38 Shelducks, 800 Lapwings and 11 Dunlins. (John Sanders).

Cotswold Water Park West     On Pit 43 at SU02809483 a BITTERN flew into the reed bed on the N side of Pit 43 at 1:45pm and stayed visible for 30mins then disappeared deeper in. (Martine Fenn).

Great Barrington Around the trig point near Barrington Bushes the GREAT GREY SHRIKE, the ringtail HEN HARRIER, four Buzzards, five Red Kites, a Kestrel, 60+ Golden Plovers, 49+ Skylarks, 70+Fieldfares, 30+ Yellowhammers and 30+ Goldfinches. (Ewan Urquhart). Also seven Lapwings. (Simon Hart).

Leigh river meadows     320+ Wigeon, 300+ Teal, 12 Shelducks, an Egyptian Goose, two Grey Herons, 350+ Lapwings, 48 Pied Wagtails, two Cormorants, 38+ Meadow Pipits, 75+ Redwings, ten Skylarks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Stonechats, 600+ Fieldfares, three Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine. (Mark Grieve).

Wainlodes     A mixed flock of 200 Fieldfares, 200 Starlings and 50 Redwings on flooded pasture. (Mark Grieve).

Sharpness     A Common Sandpiper SO6672702385 in the channel below the NedWest building, also a Peregrine on the second silo. (Roger Gillespie).

Wotton-under-Edge     A Brambling with c15 Chaffinches near the top of Blackquarries Hill, ST779934. (Vic Polley).

Ozleworth     Two Bramblings with c40 Chaffinches 400m N of the BT Tower between the game cover crop and Beech trees, ST792950. (Vic Polley).

Clapton-on-the-Hill     Ten Red Kites and two Barn Owls this afternoon. (Simon Hart).

Sherborne     A Barn Owl and a Little Egret this afternoon. (Simon Hart).

Harnhill     The Great Bustard at SP06603 at 2:45pm. (Chris Vowles).

Cobney Meadows     18 Shelducks today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     A pair of Mute Swans, at least 20 Greylags and 400 Canada Geese, 750 Teal, 100 Wigeon, 22 Gadwalls, 25 Shovelers, 15 Pintails, ten Coots, 160 Lapwings, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. (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, South Africa and most recently Zimbabwe and Botswana.
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