Sunday 4th February 2018

WWT Slimbridge     The GLOSSY IBIS left its South Lake roost at 8:55am and flew towards the car park. (Roy Shilham). Three Egyptian Geese on the Rushy at 8:05am but flew off. A BITTERN seen briefly from Kingfisher Hide this morning but no further sightings. (Slimbridge Sightings). Also two Little Stints on the Rushy and a Water Rail today. (Ivan Sansom). Pic by Ivan.

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Upper Rissington-Great Barrington trig point     40 Golden Plovers in flight at midday, the ringtail HEN HARRIER at 12:55pm and the GREAT GREY SHRIKE at 1pm. Also four Red Kites and at least four Buzzards. (Gordon Avery).

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. (Mike Wakeman).

Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on the SARA pool today. For birders visiting for the Diver, the bird is also being regularly seen in the ‘marina’ area. Please keep strictly to the towpath and/or footpath through this area. With patience you will see it well either side of the marina. (Paul Taylor).

Cotswold Water Park West     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 16 today. Also two Egyptian Geese amongst the Canada Goose flock on the bank. (Ali Brooks).

Harnhill     A Grey Partridge today at SU0627799976. (Roger Gillespie).

Frampton     A Goshawk flew over Frampton Court at 1:15pm. (Eric Palmer).

Great Barrington     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE between the trig point and the barn at 2:30pm but elusive in blustery wind. (Dave Morgan). The ringtail HEN HARRIER seen as well as five Buzzards, four Red Kites and two Kestrels. (Nick Truby).

Forest of Dean     From New Fancy View male and female Goshawk, four Greylags over and three Crossbills. At Woorgreens four Goosanders. At Cannop Ponds 21 Mandarins, seven Little Grebes, a Grey Wagtail and two Siskins. In the wood above Crabtree Hill two Ravens and four Crossbills. Three Hawfinches from Crown Lane at Parkend. (Graham Tompsett).

Westonbirt     5+ Hawfinches at the old Westonbirt Arboretum around the feeding station at 2:40pm, also two Marsh Tits. (Mark Hobson).

Ozleworth     Still two Bramblings with c40 Chaffinches 400m N of the BT Tower between the game cover crop and Beech trees, ST792950. Also a Red Kite. (Phil Pope).

Yanworth     This afternoon a Brambling in with a small flock of Chaffinches at Oxpens Farm, between Yanworth and Hampnett at SP08521424. (Martine Fenn).

Blaisdon     A Hawfinch in the village centre today. (David & Gillian Smith).

Guscar Rocks     220 Curlews roosted overnight on the rocks, then at high tide this morning an Oystercatcher, three Redshanks, 18 Dunlins, 200 Wigeon and 50 Teal. (John Sanders).

Whitminster     A Tawny Owl in a tree opposite Highfield Nursery, School Lane at 5:55pm today. (Tanya Allen).

Berkeley     A pair of Goldcrests in Quarry Wood near Ham. (Andrew Jones).

Breadstone     A Barn Owl by Bushy Grove today. (Andrew Jones).

Upleadon     This afternoon around SO746276 birds included five Buzzards, a male Kestrel, 50 Redwings, nine Fieldfares, three Green Woodpeckers, five Great Spotted Woodpeckers, five Jays and six Bramblings. (John Fletcher).

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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