Sunday 12th January 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     The LESSER WHITETHROAT possibly of the Eastern race blythi at Shorncote reedbed along the stream beside the footpath, usually by the last bramble covered hawthorn just before the deepest flood on the path. Park at South Cerney playing field car park at Upper Up at SU043969 and walk W along the footpath to SU03669682. This bird is secretive and requires patience. Wellies are a must, the footpath is underwater from sewage farm run off in places. Also this morning 1+ Water Rail, 1+ Cetti’s Warbler, 6+ Reed Buntings, 4+ Chiffchaffs including a singing bird, a Grey Wagtail, a female Stonechat and 150+ Lapwings. (Mark Hobson/Paul Masters/MK). Also a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF this afternoon looking upstream from the 90 degree bend by the first hide. (Kim Milsom). Pic by Paul. Video by Mike here Twitter video

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Chiffchaff pic by Mike.

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The BLACK-NECKED GREBE still on Pit 16 this morning best viewed from the grassy bank off of Nightingale Way. (Paul Masters/Mark Hobson).

Daglingworth     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Park Corner in the old quarry at SO9667104334 today still. Please park carefully. (Dave Soons/Richard Williams).

Over     Five Whooper Swans still on the flooded field next to the River Leadon viewed from the path up to to Lassington Hill this morning. Also 19 Mute Swans. (Paul Rich/Mike Smart).

Cheltenham    At 10am this morning two Peregrines appeared and settled 10 ft apart on a spire at Christchurch. (David Norman). A Jay eating on the last apple left on the tree in the garden at Moorcourt Drive, Pittville. Two birds on the 10th. (Clare McNulty).

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WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET, three Egyptian Geese and five Avocets on South Lake and eight Pink-footed Geese on the spartina island on the Severn. (Slimbridge Sightings/Ken Mihill).

Saul     At 9am a CATTLE EGRET with 31 Little Egrets to the right of the road to Arlingham near the footpath sign. (Steve Brown).

Frampton     In Court Lake roost a CATTLE EGRET,  35 Little Egrets, seven Grey Herons and 25 Cormorants, Also around the pools two Goldeneyes, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Water Rail, a Grey Wagtail, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Woodcock. (Nick Goatman/Steve Brown).

Forest of Dean    Two Dippers on the brook at Wenchford, one ringed red/yellow band over white on left leg and white over yellow on right. Another two at Parkend, one ringed grey over red/yellow on left and yellow over light blue on right. At Cannop Pond feeders a Marsh Tit again. (Paul Clark).

Tewkesbury    At Cowfield Farm birds included a Chiffchaff, 100+ Redwings and Fieldfares over, a Buzzard, two Snipe, a Water Rail calling. Also a Fox and two Roe Deer. (Les Ditchburn). At Tewkesbury N.R. at 12:45pm a Green Sandpiper on the new scrape. (Tim Cash).

Gloucester    The adult male BLACK REDSTART still on Gloucester Cathedral this afternoon high up at the E end of the S side. (Trevor & Sue Clayson). A Red Kite circling over the City Farm at 2:50pm then drifted off E. (Dean Lord).

Brockworth     A Raven at Tesco Extra at Brockworth Business Park this morning present for a few weeks. (@joolslox).

Wotton-Under-Edge     A male Blackcap in the garden today. (Mike Fisher).

Minsterworth Ham     A Shelduck, 13 Mallards, seven Grey Herons and three Lapwings. Also a Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk, five Skylarks, one singing and 20 Meadow Pipits. (Eric Palmer/Mike Smart).

Rodley     At Wilmer Common 16 Shelducks, 12 Mallards, a Great Black-backed Gull, nine Pied Wagtails feeding at the edge of the flood and 40 Fieldfares. (Eric Palmer/Mike Smart).

Walmore Common     A female MERLIN sat in a tree viewed from Chaxhill. (Eric Palmer/Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows     From the A38 end five Mute Swans, three Little Egrets, a Snipe and three Green Sandpipers. (Eric Palmer/Mike Smart).

Mitton     On the Avon floodplain just above Tewkesbury 195 Wigeon and 67 Teal. (Eric Palmer/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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