Sunday 20th January 2019

Cotswold Water Park East     A redhead SMEW on Pit 114 and present until 4:30pm at least. (Robin Griffiths/John Durell/Paul Rich). A GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still ON Pit 126 and calling. Three Goosanders (1m) and a drake Goldeneye on Whelford Pools Pit 111. (Paul Masters/Andy Chapman/Colin Greenfield).

Sharpness     A BLACK REDSTART briefly at 10am by the Port Authority building (straight over as you get to roundabout – south side of Docks) and relocated later in the drydock compound viewed distantly from the end of Dock Road. Also 12 Shovelers and two Pintails in flight S of Sharpness and a Little Egret. (Andy Jordan).

Ashleworth Ham     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER still in ivy covered trees to the right of the hide today. (Ian Hull/Colin Greenfield).

Cotswold Water Park West     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER still at Lower Mill opposite Pit 44 today. (Mark Gurney). Also a Firecrest. (Jon Mercer). On Pit 44, 45 Red Crested Pochards and on Pit 41 two Great White Egrets, five Little Egrets, two pairs of Goldeneyes and 15 Goosanders. (Felicity Cobb/Ken Cservenka).

Westbury-on-Severn     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Westbury Sewage works again this afternoon at SO716133 showing well occasionally, mainly in ivy-covered trees near the road. (Seb Buckton). 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.

Forest of Dean     Two WAXWINGS reported at Berry Hill on Hillersland Lane behind Roselea House Care Home (GL16 7NU). No further reports. (per Rare Bird Alert).

Saul Warth     This morning, 30+ Meadow Pipits, two Stonechats, a Peregrine, a Chiffchaff and 244 Dunlins on the river. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge    From Robbie Garnett hide a huge flock of Golden Plovers amongst the thousands of birds being spooked by raptors on the Tack Piece. (Dave Tait). Pic by Dave.

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Frampton     Around the pools a male Brambling, 150+ Chaffinches, 25+ Reed Buntings, 25+ Goldfinches, five Bullfinches, 100+Redwings, 15 Fieldfares, three Pochards, 310 Coots, 36 Mallards, 42 Teal, 63 Tufted Ducks, five Shovelers and seven Gadwalls. At Court Lake at dusk a male Goldeneye, two Great White Egrets, ten Little Egrets and two CATTLE EGRETS came to roost. (Nick Goatman/Seb Buckton). A SHORT-EARED OWL briefly from Splatt Bridge this afternoon. (Mark Hobson). At Splatt Bridge at first light, a Barn Owl hunting over the fields. (Matt Williams).

Upper Framilode Church to Framilode     20+ Linnets, 40+ Redwings, five Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Treecreeper, four Greenfinches, ten Chaffinches, 40+ Lapwings and a Curlew today. (Matt Williams).

Cheltenham     Two Peregrines on the spire at Christchurch this morning. (David Norman). Pic by David.

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Leckhampton     Six Red Kites circling above St Peter’s between 10am and 11am today. (Paul McGowan).

Churchdown     A male and female Blackcap today and a Ring-necked Parakeet by Imjin Barracks, Innsworth. (Di Collier).

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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