Wednesday 21st February 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     The drake RING-NECKED DUCK again this afternoon on Pit 16 until 6pm. (Mark Dowie). Present since Sunday. (Graham Lawlor). Pic by Mark.

Ring-necked Duck 210218

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. (Nigel Philpott/Duncan McNiven).

Saul Warth     The WATER PIPIT still between the left hand side of Hock Ditch and the first fence this afternoon. On the Warth 20 Lapwings settled for a while with four Knot and four Dunlins. Also a female Stonechat at Hock Ditch and a Green Woodpecker near the Warth. (MK). Pic by Mike.

Water Pipit 210218

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill late morning. It was quite distant, with lots of work going on in that area and much smoke. Also a white Fallow Deer nearby. (Martin Russell/Tony Roberts). Pic by Martin.

White Fallow Deer 210218

Kingswood     A Water Rail in the ponds behind Tyndale View today. (Tom McCarthy).

Highnam Woods     This afternoon birds included a FIRECREST at SO772196, three Goldcrests, four Marsh Tits, three Treecreepers, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, five Redwings, four Coal Tits, a Mistle Thrush, three Song Thrushes, three Buzzards, seven Long-tailed Tits, a Sparrowhawk calling and two Ravens. (John Fletcher).

Quedgeley     In Woodlands Park next to Fishers Meadow up to three Hawfinches throughout the day. They occasionally perched up in trees around the ‘meadow’ but seemed to prefer the less disturbed area at the western end of Dimore Brook. (Nigel Wheatley).

Dursley     Two Hawfinches again at Ewelme Close, in tall trees at the back this morning. (Phil Pope).

Rodborough     At  Rodborough Glebe allotment a Hawfinch calling and flew out of a big Holm oak after being perched up for 5 minutes. (Seb Buckton).

Cleeve Hill     A Red Kite, 12 Yellowhammer, 70+ Golden Plovers and 100+ Linnets this afternoon. (Martin Greenish).

Ozleworth     Near Newark Park at least six Stonechats, two pairs and two males and big flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares. (Sally Beresford-Barnes).

Alderton     A pair of Reed Buntings on feeders in the garden this morning. (Graham Tompsett).

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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