Monday 12th February 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     A first-winter KUMLIEN’S GULL in the roost at Pit 16 this evening. Also an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL and the GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still. (Kim Milsom/Richard Mundy).

Ashleworth Ham     The elusive drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL showed eventually at 1:15pm in reeds along the line of willow opposite Meerend Thicket hide, it was present until 4pm at least in roughly the same area. Also today six Shelducks, two pairs of Tufted Ducks, four Snipe, 250+ Lapwings in the area, 40+ Chaffinches, two Treecreepers and a Peregrine. (Martin Greenish/Jake King/Paul Rich/Les Ditchburn/Roger Gillespie/MK). Pic by Mike.

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Frampton     Nine AVOCETS swimming in the middle of the Sailing Lake with Black-headed Gulls from lunchtime until late afternoon. (Nick Goatman/Graham Tompsett). At Splatt Bridge a female MARSH HARRIER at 1pm. (Roger Gillespie).

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. Also male and female Stonechat and 20 Redwings. (Alan Hooper/Owen Follis). Pic by Alan.

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Saul Warth     The WATER PIPIT still late morning 50m downriver from Hock Ditch with c30 Meadow Pipits. Also a pair of Stonechats.

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning at 9am and three Goshawks from New Fancy View lookout at 11am. (Chris Hawes). Also two Goshawks at Crabtree Hill and 10+ Crossbills, 50+ Siskins and four Lesser Redpolls at Yew Tree Brake. (Paul Rich). A Hawfinch at Nagshead today and a Tawny Owl hooting at 12:10pm close to the car park. (Duerden Cormack).

Rodley     Six Snipe and a JACK SNIPE, 17 Shelducks, five Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, four Buzzards, two Ravens, 100+ Lapwings and 200 Starlings. (Dave Smith).

Highnam Woods     Birds today included three Marsh Tits, male and female Bullfinch, seven Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 13 Redwings, three Buzzards, two Ravens, two Jays and two Goldcrests. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Great Barrington     From Barrington Bushes trig point the ringtail HEN HARRIER at 12:30pm, a Peregrine, two Red Kites, two Buzzards, a Kestrel, 100 Golden Plovers and 200 Lapwings. In Great Barrington, a Little Owl on the thatched stone hut opposite Park Farm. (Steve Brown).

Hazelton     A Red Kite and three Red-legged Partridges today. (Alan Hooper).

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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