Thursday 7th February 2019

WWT Slimbridge     The TWITE flew in to the Holden scrape at 12:25pm with 50+ Linnets. (MK). It is always distant and requires a scope to get a confirmed view. It showed on and off until around 3pm. (Paul Marshall et al). Also this morning an Avocet on South Lake until grounds work started. (Roy Shilham). A Ringed Plover flew through and landed in Bottom New Piece this morning, also a MERLIN flew over the Dumbles heading downriver. (John Budd).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 44/Lower Mill this morning the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER feeding in the ivy covered trees by the stream junction at 9:15am, but not seen again by 10:15am. Also three Chiffchaffs, a pair of Bullfinches and two Mistle Thrushes. Three Goosanders (2m) on Pit 44 and 30+ Red Crested Pochards. On Pit 55 four Goosanders (3m,f). (Jon Mercer).

Whittington     A ringtail HEN HARRIER today and 250 Linnets. (Duncan Dine).

Maisemore     Along Church Road from the pool to the weir on the Severn this afternoon birds included a Kingfisher, two Cormorants, eight Moorhens, six Mallards, two Mute Swans, five Long-tailed Tits, 12 Fieldfares and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

Hasfield Ham     Ten Snipe, four Skylarks, one singing, 20 Meadow Pipits, a pair of Stonechats and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart/Juliet Bailey).

Ashleworth Ham     Three Canada Geese, 30 Wigeon, 110 Teal, two Shovelers, a Pintail and 35 Lapwings. (Mike Smart/Juliet Bailey).

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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