Thursday 16th January 2020

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. (Jon Mercer/Richard Tyler).

Frampton     Four Ravens E over Frampton Green at 8am, the roosting Tawny Owl again in Court Field. At Denfurlong Farm 100+ Linnets, 50+ Chaffinches, a female Reed Bunting, a Skylark, seven Meadow Pipits, 15 Snipe, two Kestrels and a Fox. (MK). Pic by Mike.

Tawny Owl 160120

Cotswold Water Park East    At Whelford Pools Pits 111, 111a and 111b between 11am and 3pm birds included three Egyptian Geese, five Great Crested Grebes, a drake Goosander, 82 Tufted Ducks, a female Pochard, nine Wigeon over, 33 Cormorants, a Kingfisher, a Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Goosander 170120

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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