Tuesday 8th January 2019

Ashleworth Ham     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in Meerend Thicket behind the hide at 3:30pm again today. (Martin Greenish/Michelle Davies).

WWT Slimbridge     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER still near the Otter enclosure calling occasionally at 9:30am.  Unfortunately it was seen to fly into glass screening at the Otter pool, was fluttering on the water and then lost under the boardwalk. The JACK SNIPE showing well still from Martin Smith hide. (Richard Tyler/Richard Cawsey). 1st pic by Richard T, 2nd pic by Richard C. Also a Chiffchaff by the Otter enclosure. (Terry Stevenson). Pic by Terry.

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Highnam     Still six Whooper Swans at Linton Farm pond today. Park in the gateway on the left (coming from Gloucester) by the traffic lights after Over Farm Shop lights at SO 80894 19388. Walk towards the railway line then turn right and walk to the pond, which is the other side of the level crossing at SO 80199 18806. (Les Ditchburn/Martin Greenish/Michelle Davies).

Frampton pools    At 2pm along Marsh Lane 50+ Redwings, 100+ Chaffinches, 30+ Linnets, 10+ Yellowhammers, three Reed Buntings (1m) and ten Stock Doves. At 3:45pm a Great White Egret and a Little Egret on Court Lake. At 4pm a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF again in willows and reeds next to the Sailing Club, it called once. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Frampton shore     A MERLIN again tonight perched on the foreshore viewed from Splatt Bridge at 4:20pm before it flew off N. (Gordon Kirk/John Overfield).

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 126 this afternoon. At Whelford pools a drake Goldeneye. (Ian Sherriffs/Andy & Sue Gibbons). At Pit 111 two drake Goldeneyes and three redhead Goosanders. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Forest of Dean    Crossbills and a pair of busily feeding Dippers at Parkend this morning. At Nagshead a Hawfinch in front of the Campbell hide at 1:30pm. (Roberta Goodall/Ian Hull).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair and an adult intruding Peregrine, a Kestrel, Buzzards, two Red Kites, a male Sparrowhawk, Ravens, a Green Woodpecker, five Stock Doves, Long-tailed Tits, two Mistle Thrushes, three Song Thrushes, a Grey Heron and a pair of Goosanders. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Epney    A Little Owl in the orchard at Lea Court Farm at SO 75574 10453 at 4:30pm. (MK).

Daglingworth     c200 Bramblings with Chaffinches  late morning in Beech trees between Daglingworth and Edgeworth. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.

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Cirencester     A male Mandarin on the Abbey grounds lake this afternoon. (Ali Brooks).

Guscar Rocks     Three Redshanks, two Black-tailed Godwits and 50 Curlews today. (Mike Ingleby).

Ebley     A Water Rail on the bank of the river by the canal tonight opposite the canal weir bridge at 4:45pm. (Colin Greenfield).

Cotswold Water Park West    At Pit 44 a drake Goosander and c44 Red Crested Pochards (c27 drakes). (Andy & Sue Gibbons). At Shorncote reedbed this morning two Bullfinches, a Chiffchaff, three Grey Herons, five Gadwalls, six Tufted Ducks and a Buzzard. Also two Roe Deer. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     Two Stonechats, a male Bullfinch, mixed flock of 137 Redwings and Fieldfares, 22 Shovelers, 17 Wigeon, three Shelducks, four Teal, two Pintails, five Greylags, 62 Lapwings, three Grey Herons and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

Northleach     A Red Kite over the A429 about 4pm, 2-3 miles NE of Northleach. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

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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