Friday 16th February 2018

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO8375520392. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Michael Colquhoun/Paula Whitcher/Ken Hurcombe/Steve Preddy). Pics by Mike.

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On Alney Island at Castlemeads West flashes 70 Teal, 15 Shovelers, a Gadwall, 30+ Mallards, ten Coots, a Barn Owl  from 4:45pm and a Stock Dove singing. Also at Oxlease and Port Ham male and female Kestrel and two Buzzards. (Gordon Avery).

Epney     The GLAUCOUS GULL again feeding on the opposite bank at 9am, then flew downstream and into field opposite St Peter’s Church SO747109. (Roger Gillespie). At 9:50am it sailed downstream on the falling tide past Priding perched on some driftwood. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Forest of Dean     At New Fancy View two Goshawks displaying at 12 noon towards Cinderford. At Nagshead a Goshawk over at 1pm and at Woorgreens Lake 22 Goosanders (2m). (Roger Gillespie). At Parkend by the cricket pitch SO613079 nine Hawfinches, also four Nuthatches. Also at Nagshead two Buzzards, six Coal Tits, a Raven, three Nuthatches, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a male Sparrowhawk. (John Fletcher). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning. (Steve Preddy).

Berkeley shore     Two Common Sandpipers and three Turnstones this morning. (Martin Greenish). Also a JACK SNIPE and 17 Common Snipe and a Rock Pipit today. (Phil Pope/Geoff Moyser).

Frampton pools    On Court Lake a Little Egret, a male Goldeneye, a male Mandarin, four Cormorants including an adult sinensis bird, the regular roosting Tawny Owl and a female Pochard on the Sailing Lake. (MK).

Harnhill     Two Grey Partridges at 3pm, also the Great Bustard again in the Harnhill area. (Martin Greenish/Roberta Goodall).

Lydney     A report of a possible Glossy Ibis on a farm just west of the rail station seen from a passing train. (John Evans).

Great Barrington     Up to four Red Kites but no sign of the Hen Harrier or Great Grey Shrike between 10:15am and 12:40pm from Barrington Bushes trig point and the footpath as far as Miletree Clump. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 44 this afternoon 17 Red Crested Pochards (10m), a male Goosander (flew off), a pair of Great Crested Grebes courtship displaying and a flyover Little Egret. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening six Mute Swans, c100 each Greylags and Canada Geese coming into roost after dark, at least 1000 Wigeon, 30+ Pintails, 30+ Shovelers, 50+ Lapwings, a Curlew heard and a Barn Owl hunting along the canal bank at 5:20pm. (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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