Saturday 9th February 2019

WWT Slimbridge     The TWITE again with the Linnet flock on the Holden scrape between 10am and 1pm on and off viewed from the Holden Tower. (Paul Taylor/Ian Ralphs/Neil Smart). It is always distant and requires a scope to get a confirmed view. JACK SNIPE from Martin Smith hide again. (Dave Paynter). Around lunchtime today, 12 Shovelers (11m, 1f), very active in front of the Robbie Garnet hide. (Dave Tait). Pic by Dave.

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Westbury-on-Severn     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Westbury Sewage works again at SO716133 today at 10am and calling. (Mark Easterbrook/Andy Jayne).

Cotswold Water Park West     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER still at Lower Mill by the stream near Pit 44 this morning. (Tom & Greg Mabbett/Dave Soons).

Cirencester     A Goshawk near Cirencester today. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

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Whittington    A MERLIN chasing Linnets with no success at 2pm. (Dave Soons).

Frampton pools     A male Goldeneye, two Great White Egrets, four Pochards, a Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid, 82 Tufted Ducks, 187 Coots, 18 Mallards, eight Shovelers, 73 Gadwalls, 25 Teal, four Great Crested Grebes, four Little Grebes and 50+ Lapwings today. (Nick Goatman).

Chalford     This morning from Chalford village to Tanners Hill, three Dippers, a Water Rail and a Treecreeper. (Brian Kings).

Forest of Dean     A loose flock of 23 Mistle Thrushes on Speech House field this morning. (Rob & Gillian Guest). 23 Mandarins at Cannop Ponds today. (Mark Easterbrook). Pic by Mark.

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Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair, an intruding adult Peregrine and another adult Peregrine on Doward Hill to the W of the viewpoint, a Red Kite, two Goshawks, a Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, Ravens, a Grey Heron, a Stock Dove, Long-tailed Tits, a Marsh Tit, seven Goosanders (3m, 4f) and a Mandarin pair. Also a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Sharpness    Adult (or 3cy) Mediterranean Gull briefly over the picnic site at 9:25am then headed S. (Andy Jordan).

Ashleworth Ham     20+ Snipe and a Pintail today. (Sarah Loaring).

Sheepscombe     Along the Painswick Stream this afternoon 171 Redwings, a Jay, a Nuthatch, eight Fieldfares, four Buzzards, 104 Rooks, seven Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker heard, two Coal Tits, a Song Thrush and nine Mallards. (John Fletcher).

Tewkesbury     On the wet fields below the new housing estate at Mitton, on the northern outskirts of Tewkesbury, the last field in Glos today 550+ Wigeon, 150 Teal, ten Shovelers and 50 Lapwings. (Mike Smart).

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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