Saturday 18th 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).The BLACK-NECKED GREBE still on Pit 16 today best viewed from the grassy bank off of Nightingale Way. (Ian Ralphs). Pic by Richard.

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Gloucester     The male BLACK REDSTART again on the South side of Lady Chapel at Gloucester Cathedral for 10 minutes between 12:50-1pm today. (Paul Clark). 

Daglingworth     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Park Corner in the old quarry at SO9667104334 still and showing well at times today. Please park carefully. (Nigel Pleass/Ian Ralphs/Tom & Greg Mabbett).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today at 12:35pm. (Andrew McDermid).

WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET and a pair of Goldeneyes on South Lake, eight Pink-footed Geese still and two Marsh Harriers hunting over reedbeds from Zeiss hide. (Slimbridge Sightings/James Kenny).

Arlingham     A Barn owl today in the village at 4pm. (Marc Freebrey). Pics by Marc.

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Frampton pools     30 Linnets, 50+ Chaffinches, two Yellowhammer, 100+ Golden Plovers, 26 Lapwings, a female Stonechat, a Snipe, a Chiffchaff, three male Blackcaps and roosting Tawny Owl today. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness     A Green Sandpiper in a ditch S of the picnic site this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Tuffley    Two Blackcaps (1m, 1f) and a female Chaffinch, infrequent here, in the garden today. (Ian Elphick).

Brockworth     A Raven calling again at Tesco this morning. (Daniel Cowl).

Sheepscombe     Along the Painswick stream this afternoon birds included seven Mandarins, three Grey Herons, four Mallards (2m, 2f), two rookeries 30 Rooks (14 nests) and 21 Rooks (9 nests), five Long-tailed Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, male and female Bullfinch and four Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

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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