Monday 14th January 2019

Westbury-on-Severn     A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Westbury Sewage works this afternoon until 4pm at least at SO716133. There’s practically no parking near the sewage works and it would be best to park in Westbury and take the footpath through the churchyard towards Westbury Strand.  You can see the sewage works from a distance, it’s surrounded by a conifer screen. The bird was spending most of its time in the single conifer by one of the treatment beds. (John & Viv Phillips).

Cotswold Water Park East     The female SCAUP all day on Pit 132 again. (Paul Rich). Pic by Mike.

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Kempsford     The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still at Kempsford sewage works at SU165975 this afternoon. Also a Red Kite, a Grey Wagtail, two Chiffchaffs and two Treecreepers. (MK).

Churcham     A Hawfinch in the churchyard today. (Andy Jayne).

Cotswold Water Park West     On Pit 41 two Great White Egrets, at least 14 Goosanders and eight Little Egrets. (John Grearson). On Pit 44, 40+ Red Crested Pochards and a male and a redhead Goosander. On Pit 65 a male Goosander. On the edge of Pit 57 a Chiffchaff. Two male Goosanders on Pit 34. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Highnam   The six adult Whooper Swans were on the field of oilseed rape at SO800186, also viewable from the layby on the A48. They flew off together W and were refound in the depression between Minsterworth and Churcham, through which the Long Brook runs, in a bright green field near the railway line at SO 775178 and viewable from Minsterworth Village Hall car park. On the pond at Linton Farm, five Canada Geese, a Shelduck, a female Wigeon, at least sixty Mallards, two male Tufted Ducks and a Grey Wagtail nearby. (Mike Smart).

Highnam Woods    This afternoon birds included four Marsh Tits, five Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Coal Tits, 18 Redwings, two Nuthatches, three Jays and two Ravens. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Forest of Dean     At Soudley Ponds 31 Mandarins (15m, 16f), a Grey Wagtail and Crossbills heard. At Woorgreens ten Goosanders (4m, 6f), two Ravens and small flocks of Siskins. At Parkend a Dipper behind the Fountain Inn, four Crossbills, a Marsh Tit, and two Treecreepers and three Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the same tree. At Crown Lane a Hawfinch, several Nuthatches and Coal Tits. (Steve Curtis/Carol Rushton).

Gloucester    c60-80 Pied Wagtails at Sainsbury’s at the Docks this morning. (Nat Roberts).

Dursley area     A Marsh Tit at the bottom of Whiteway Hill woods, a Brambling with flock of Chaffinches in Ganzell Lane and female Blackcap at Mill Farm, Uley Road today. (Phil Pope).

Bussage    Seven Siskins, a Nuthatch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker on the garden feeders early today. (Mike Cook).

Quedgeley     The local Raven in Asda car park at 1:30pm. (Mike Cook). Pic by Mike.

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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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