Tuesday 1st January 2019

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Ashleworth Ham     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in Meerend Thicket either behind the hide or in the trees either side of the hide again today. It can be elusive, is almost always solitary and only calls very infrequently. Also a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Kingfisher and a pair of Peregrines. (Jake King/Paul Rich/Andy Jayne/MK).

Whittington     A ringtail HEN HARRIER flew towards the village at 8am. Also a Barn Owl hunting. (MK).

Notgrove     10+ Bramblings with 50+ Chaffinches just past The Lodge Notgrove this  morning. Also a Corn Bunting, a Raven and three Red Kites. (MK).

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 126 today. Best viewed distantly from the far W end of the pit looking back E past the island. Also a Black-tailed Godwit and a Chiffchaff. (Graham Lawlor/Ken Burrows/MK). Pics by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park West    This morning at Shorncote Reedbed a Great White Egret, a Little Grebe, 50 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 30 Tufted Ducks, a Water Rail heard, three Green Sandpipers, 80+ Lapwings, a Green Woodpecker, five Meadow Pipits, two Grey Wagtails, ten Fieldfares, 25 Redwings, two Chiffchaffs, four Cetti’s Warblers heard, four Bullfinches, 15 Goldfinches, five Reed Buntings, two Ravens over. (Jon Mercer).

Brimscombe   Two Dippers singing and a Kingfisher on the canal and river between Brimscombe and Stroud, and up to five Mandarins on Brimscombe Lake. (Martin Wright/Nigel Birch).

WWT Slimbridge     A Goshawk buzzing the Tack Piece this morning and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose still today. (Roberta Goodall).

Highnam     Six Whooper Swans with 16 Mute Swans and two Canada Geese at Linton Farm pond today. (Chris Wells).

Frampton     Two SHORT-EARED OWLS hunting the foreshore viewed from Splatt Bridge this afternoon. (Gordon Hodgson). Four CATTLE EGRETS, two Great White Egrets, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, a male Crossbill, a Green Sandpiper, a Goshawk, a Peregrine, a Lesser Redpoll, two Ravens, a Tawny Owl, a Curlew over and a male Blackcap today. (Nick Goatman).

Netheridge Farm    Two Woodcocks flushed at the Barn Owl Centre today, also a Barn Owl and a Water Rail. (Mark Hobson).

Berkeley    Three Woodcocks flushed today in Lobthorn Covert at Pedington near Berkeley. Nearby on the Little Avon a Kingfisher, a Dipper and a Grey Wagtail, a Peregrine and a Raven over. (Derek Edmondson).

Forest of Dean     20-30 Siskins in the car park at Beechenhurst. 10+ Mandarins at Cannop ponds, also two Siskins, two Marsh Tits and male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers. At Nagshead a pair of Peregrines circled over. Five Hawfinches at Parkend church, a Marsh Tit and another Siskin flock. (Chris Snook). Pics by Chris.

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Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair plus another adult Peregrine perched nearby on Great Doward Hill, a Red Kite, two Buzzards, Ravens, a singing Mistle Thrush, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, six Long-tailed Tits, a Goldcrest, a Jay, a Grey Heron and a male Goosander. Also a Red Admiral butterfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Hucclecote     A female Pheasant in the garden for the fifth day in a row. (Harold Smith).

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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