Tuesday 6th February 2018

Aldsworth     A first winter ICELAND GULL in a mixed flock of Black-headed and Herring Gulls, in a sheep field N of the B4425 NE of Aldsworth this morning at 8am at SP164101. (Will Lishman).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still this morning at SO837204. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Steve & Sharon Porter, Derby). On Alney Island at Castlemeads West 40 Teal, 20 Mallards, six Shovelers, two pairs of Gadwalls and  six Coots. At Oxlease/Port Ham a Kestrel and c160 Redwings. (Gordon Avery).

Awre     A female MERLIN showing well late afternoon. (Andy Jayne).

Walmore Common     Three Whooper Swans again and 15 Ruff today. (Andy Jayne).

Rodley     A GLAUCOUS GULL this morning on the river at Rodley Sands. Also a Chiffchaff, two Sparrowhawks, two Buzzards, three Snipe and 40+ Pied Wagtails. (Dave Smith).

Saul Warth     A WATER PIPIT at 2:15pm today and a Common Sandpiper at 4:30pm. (Martin Greenish).

Bourton-on-the-Water     At 4:30pm a GREAT WHITE EGRET flew very low from near south pit, maybe one of the flooded fields, across the road towards the northern pits. (Keith Jennings).

Quedgeley     At least six Bullfinches in the willow saplings at the balancing pond adjacent to Asda today at noon. (Mike Cook).

Winstone     At the Miserden turn off near Winstone 150-200 Golden Plovers in flight at 2pm and near Duntisbourne Rouse a large flock of mixed finches at 2:15pm 500+ birds, mainly Goldfinches, Linnets and Chaffinches. (Mike Cook).

Hempsted     Beside the bypass at Netheridge Farm two Green Sandpipers, a Little Egret, two Buzzards and a murmuration of c1000 Starlings at 1:50pm. (Mark Hobson).

Twyning     A male Reed Bunting in the garden today. (Phil & Chris Andrews).

Rudford     Along a short stretch of the River Leadon early afternoon two Peregrines seen from SO788211 at the Rudford end of Lassington woods. Also five Linnets, a Grey Heron, seven Fieldfares, two Buzzards and a Raven. (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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