Sunday 18th February 2018

Saul Warth     Two WATER PIPITS and a MERLIN this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still present this morning at SO8375520392. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Graham Thomas/Ralph Paul Samuels).

Frampton pools     Two Hawfinches over N, a male Blackcap singing and the male Goldeneye still on Court Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean     At Parkend Church a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming to the left of the church, ten Siskins in the graveyard, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Nuthatch and three Redwings. In Russell’s Inclosure six Nuthatches, three Jays, six Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Coal Tit, two Bullfinches, a Stock Dove, a Mistle Thrush, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper and three Wild Boar piglets. (Mark Grieve). At Haywood plantation this morning four Crossbills, 20+ Siskins, three Lesser Redpolls, two Stock Doves, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a male Kestrel. (Owen Follis). 33 Goosanders on Soudley lower pond, also a Kingfisher and a drake Mandarin on Dean Heritage Centre pond. (Paul Masters). From New Fancy View 10:30am-12:15pm today a Goshawk, two Ravens, a Peregrine, eight Crossbills, three Buzzards, a Treecreeper, a Green Woodpecker and four Mistle Thrushes. (Chris Harper).

Tewkesbury     A Water Rail, a Kingfisher and four Snipe at Priors Park nature reserve today. (Tim Cash).

Edge     Along Sevenleaze Lane going towards Painswick Beacon a Peregrine hunting over the fields between 15th-18th February. (Jean Tennant).

Rendcomb     A Dipper from the bridge today. (Steve Brown).

Barnsley Warren SSSI     On the NE spur, two Grey Partridges, a female Sparrowhawk, two Red Kites, two Buzzards, two Jays, a Green Woodpecker and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Steve Brown).

Great Barrington     A Little Owl on the thatched stone hut opposite Park Farm again today. (Claire Workman).

WWT Slimbridge     A female Sparrowhawk at the Willow hide today. (Paddy Doyle). Pic by Paddy.
Sparrowhawk 180218
Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 126 a Common Sandpiper and two Oystercatchers. In the Pit 125 area c75 Siskins. (Robin Griffiths/John Durell).

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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