Tuesday 13th March 2018

Minchinhampton     Belated news of an Eagle Owl with prey on Monday night near to the golf club, article here Eagle Owl (Piers Risely-Pritchard/Sharon Alexandra Theaker via Stroud News & Journal).

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. (Paul & Andrew Bennett). Pic by Paul.

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Saul Warth     20 KITTIWAKES on the river off of the Warth this morning. (Gordon Hodgson). A GLAUCOUS GULL on a sandbank out from Hock Ditch sluice with a mixed gull group at 1pm. (Jake King).

Frampton     A GREAT WHITE EGRET N of Splatt Bridge at 11am. (David Poulton). A MARSH HARRIER over the 100-Acre and a pair of Mandarins at Splatt Bridge. (Gordon Hodgson). Four KITTIWAKES over high heading E calling early evening. (Nick Goatman).

Cheltenham     A male Goosander at Pittville Park boating lake from early morning until 3:30pm at least. (John Sanders). Pic by Peter Rodgers.

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Forest of Dean     Three JACK SNIPE at Woorgreens this morning. From Parkend Church a displaying Raven, two Sparrowhawks, two Goshawks, numerous Buzzards and a Peregrine with prey. (Ian Hull). At Cannop Ponds two drake Mandarin. At Nagshead a Goshawk circling over the tree canopy and a Hawfinch in a big conifer at start of the Short Trail. At New Fancy View distant views of two Goshawks. At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still catching lizards and trying to skewer one in a gorse bush. (Paul & Andrew Bennett). A Hawfinch in the garden at Coleford on Sunday 11/3, two on Monday and again today. (Andy Morgan).

Symonds Yat     From the Viewpoint today the Peregrine pair, three Goshawks, a Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, six Buzzards, Ravens, a Song Thrush, two Treecreepers, a pair of Marsh Tits, two Stock Doves, a pair of Grey Wagtails, a Green Woodpecker calling, Long-tailed Tits, a Siskin and a Goldcrest. Also a Bank Vole, two Red Admirals and four antlered Fallow bucks together. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Sharpness     At the end of Dock Road a BLACK REDSTART on the small electricity sub-station at 1pm, then again in the vicinity including on nearby railway wagons. Also two Curlews upstream of the north pier. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon from the hide two Oystercatchers, a Curlew and two Redshanks. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

WWT Slimbridge     75 Avocets and a Ringed Plover from Holden Tower, the Red-breasted Goose with 116 White-fronted Geese, a Peregrine that took a Teal off the Tack Piece, a singing Chiffchaff and a singing Cetti’s Warbler. (Graham Tompsett).

Cotswold Water Park East     A Barn Owl still hunting at 9:15am at Pit 104. (Duncan Dine).

Netheridge     A Barn Owl hunting at Netheridge Farm at 5:35pm viewed from the Hempsted bypass. (Mark Hobson).

Gloucester     A Hawfinch on the bird table again today in Barnwood Avenue (backing onto St Lawrence’s churchyard). Probably best looked for in the churchyard. (Rob Crofton). At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today birds included three Mute Swans, two Teal, 12 Mallards, a male Little Grebe seen and heard trilling, a Snipe and two female Reed Buntings. (Gordon Avery).

Alderton     A male Siskin and a pair of Lesser Redpolls in the garden today.  (Graham Tompsett).

Lydney     Around the Lydney Docks area a Buzzard, two Red-legged Partridges, ten Long-tailed Tits, 30 Goldfinches, two Chiffchaffs and a Shelduck today. (Martin Russell).

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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