Saturday 3rd February 2018

WWT Slimbridge     The GLOSSY IBIS remained out of sight for most of the day but returned to roost on South Lake at 4pm. (Paul Masters/Mark Hobson).

Harnhill     The Great Bustard again in the Harnhill area but fairly elusive for such a large bird. (Tom & Greg Mabbett).

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

Cheltenham      At Pittville Park a male Mandarin by the island in the boating lake this morning. (John Sanders).

Forest of Dean      At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still present mid morning and seen to take a mouse. Also ten Song Thrushes, a Nuthatch, a Treecreeper, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, nine Crossbills, six Jays, a Mistle Thrush, three Siskins, a Buzzard and three Roe Deer. At New Fancy View a Raven, a Siskin, a Bullfinch and a Mistle Thrush. (Mark Grieve). 13 Hawfinches on the ground at Parkend at 9:30am in Crown Lane. (Pete Dovey).

Coombe Hill Meadows      Water levels remain high today and the Grundon Hide not readily accessible because of high water on the boardwalk. Birds included seven Mute Swans, at least 250 Canada Geese, three Shelducks, c750 Teal, c300 Wigeon, c30 Shovelers, 25 Pintails, 40 Lapwings, a Curlew heard, at least one Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Mistle Thrush and 3/4 Song Thrushes singing. (Mike Smart).

Great Barrington      The ringtail HEN HARRIER was cruising the hedgelines of the fields S of the Barrington trig point at 1:15pm. Also the GREAT GREY SHRIKE showing perched on top of a hedge, viewed from trig point pull-in. (Roberta Goodall).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still this afternoon 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. (Paul Masters).

Cotswold Water Park East     The immature/female SCAUP on Pit 126 still today. (John Overfield/Tom & Greg Mabbett). Also a Yellow- legged Gull on Pit 125. (Ian Ralphs).

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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