Wednesday 15th January 2020

Daglingworth     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Park Corner in the old quarry at SO9667104334 still and showing well this morning. Please park carefully. (Grahame White). A male MERLIN flew through early afternoon disturbing the c100 Skylark flock. (Paul Masters).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on Crabtree Hill this morning. At Woorgreens, Goosanders, Siskins and Lesser Redpolls. (Roy Kinchin/Dave Clarke). At Nagshead today five male Bullfinches, a Song Thrush, a Goldcrest, a Goldfinch, a Jay and a Buzzard. (Martin Russell). Pics by Martin.

Goldcrest 150120

Bullfinch 150120

Cotswold Water Park West     The LESSER WHITETHROAT possibly of the Eastern race blythi still 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. Other birds included a Grey Wagtail, Cetti’s Warblers, Chiffchaffs, three Reed Buntings, a Little Egret and a Water Rail. (John Grearson/Neil Smart). Pic by Neil.

Lesser Whitethroat blythi 160120

Frampton     No sign of the Twite in an hour’s search in the game crop at SO 74504 06378 S of Denfurlong Farm (known locally as Cool’s Farm). The finch flock is still present so it’s likely to still be with them. The game crop is tall so the only chance of connecting is when they perch on surrounding trees or hedges occasionally. 100+ Linnets, 30+ Chaffinches, a male Brambling, a female Greenfinch and a female Bullfinch this afternoon. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET still on South Lake today but mobile. Also a female Goldeneye (sometimes on the Rushy) and three Egyptian Geese. (Andy Jordan/Paul Masters).

Stone     A Barn Owl flying low up a farm drive at 7:20am. (Andrew Jones).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Flood Storage Lake today a male Teal, 12 Mallards, three Coots, a Stonechat, seven Snipe overhead, a pair of Mute Swans, two Cormorants, seven Meadow Pipits and five Redwings. (Paul Brunt).

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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