Sunday 19th January 2020

Cotswold Water Park West    A first-winter LITTLE GULL briefly at Pit 56 at 1:30pm. It dropped in for a wash and preen and then went off again. Also the BLACK-NECKED GREBE still at Pit 16. Best viewed from the grassy bank off of Nightingale Way. (John & Viv Phillips). 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. Also a Marsh Harrier and three Cetti’s Warblers. (Seb Buckton).

Daglingworth     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Park Corner in the old quarry at SO9667104334 still and showing well at times today. Please park carefully. Also a male MERLIN, 100 Skylarks, 400 Linnets, ten Fieldfares, nine Stock Doves and a Mistle Thrush. (Mike Trew/Roy Shilham/Rob Clipson/Jack Rogers/Ian Sherriffs). Pics by Mike.

Great Grey Shrike 190120 2

Great Grey Shrike 190120 1

Gloucester     The adult male BLACK REDSTART still on Gloucester Cathedral today. (Kev Wardlaw). At Horsebere Brook today birds included two Mute Swans, eight Teal, five Mallards, two Coot, six Moorhens, two Cormorants over, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, three Stonechats (1m, 2f ) and 50 Redwings. (Gordon Avery).

Frampton     A male Goldeneye flying around at Splatt Bridge this  morning and a Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine over the 100-Acre. (Gordon Hodgson).

Quedgeley     A Woodcock at Clearwater Drive this morning. (Andy Chapman).

Eastleach Martin     N of Eastleach on the Hatherop Estate seven Great Black-backed Gulls on downland, a mobile flock of 100+ Skylarks, five Red Kites and two Stonechats. (Chris Furley).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Birds today included two Mute Swans, a Canada Goose, a Teal, 30 Mallards, 11 Tufted Ducks, 34 Coots, three Moorhens, six Cormorants, a Little Grebe, three Great Crested Grebes, 120 Black-headed Gulls, 14 Common Gulls, two Herring Gulls and two Buzzards. (Gordon Avery).

Woodmancote     A Barn Owl again this afternoon on the lower slopes of Nottingham Hill above Woodmancote. (Karen & Hannah Andrews per John Widgery).

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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