Monday 28th January 2019

Westbury-on-Severn     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Westbury Sewage works again this afternoon at SO716133 showing quite well at midday. (John & Viv Phillips). 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.

Cotswold Water Park East     No sign of the Great Northern Diver at Pit 126, but two male Goosanders. At Pit 114 a pair of SCAUP, two male Goldeneyes, 12 Red Crested Pochards and an OTTER. A pair of Egyptian Geese on Pit 127. (Pam & Frank Bryant/Mike Ingleby/John Durell). The redhead SMEW still on Pit 114. At Pit 132 a female SCAUP also three Green Sandpipers, a Peregrine and a Little Egret. (Seb Buckton). At Whelford Pools birds included a Great Crested Grebe, a male Goldeneye, 17 Red Crested Pochards, eight Gadwalls, seven Teal, 13 Tufted Ducks, two Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Kingfisher, 17 Cormorants, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, four Buzzards, a Red Kite and a Sparrowhawk. At Pit 126 three Great Crested Grebes, four Tufted Ducks, 11 Teal, three Lapwings, 11 Goldfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Buzzard and two Cormorants. (John Fletcher).

Cotswold Water Park West     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER still at Lower Mill by the stream near Pit 44 today. (M Carlyon).

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Forest of Dean     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER at Cannop ponds today. (Connie Satterthwaite).

Kingscote     A Barn Owl sitting on the roadside fence alongside the A4135, 200m E of the Wotton-under-Edge junction at ST795965 at 10pm. (Ken Cservenka).

WWT Slimbridge     No sign of the Twite today by midday, the Linnet flock remaining distant on the Dumbles. A first winter male Goldeneye on the Big Pen pond with Tufted Ducks at 8:30am and the JACK SNIPE still from Martin Smith hide. (Martin McGill).

Sharpness     The BLACK REDSTART briefly at 11:45am by the shop on Dock Road. (Andy Jordan).

Brockworth     A garden Sparrowhawk with prey this morning. (John Miles). Pic by John.

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Gloucester     At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today birds two Mute Swans, six Teal, a pair Wigeon, two Mallards, two Grey Herons, two Snipe, a Little Grebe, a female Kestrel, two Meadow Pipits, two female Stonechats and a Reed Bunting. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Birds today included three Mute Swans, 21 Greylags, 16 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, five Teal, 29 Mallards, a Tufted Duck, 12 Moorhens, 31 Coots, seven Little Grebes, eight Cormorants, a Grey Heron, a Sparrowhawk and a Grey Wagtail. (Gordon Avery).

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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