Monday 20th 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. (Heather Woodhams). The BLACK-NECKED GREBE still on Pit 16 today, also two Goosanders. Best viewed from the grassy bank off of Nightingale Way. (Robin Nelson).

WWT Slimbridge     A BITTERN in front of Zeiss hide this morning. (Alan Bryant).

Gloucester     The adult male BLACK REDSTART on the Cathedral at 11:25am until 1:15pm at least, on and around the South Ambulatory/Lady Chapel. (Jan Datchens).

Winstone     Two Barn Owls in an Ash tree just outside Winstone this evening. (Mike Cook).

Hardwicke     A Kingfisher visiting one of the balancing ponds at Quadrant Way at noon, also a Grey Wagtail, and a male Peregrine perched on the adjacent industrial unit momentarily at 2pm. (Mike Cook).

Frampton pools     In the fog, the best birds all on Court Lake were a pair of Goldeneyes, 12+ Pintails and two Little Egrets. Also around the pools four Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Green Woodpecker. (MK).

Saul     At noon at the SW corner of the fogbound lake N of the Arlingham road six Little Egrets and a further one in a nearby tree. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Stroud to Chalford    A pair of Mandarins at Bowbridge and a second pair at Brimscombe. A pair of Dippers at Chalford behind Lavender Bakehouse. Also two Dippers on the River Frome. One by the viaduct in Stroud and a second E of Brimscombe near the Pavilion. (Sue & Trevor Clayson). Pic by Sue.

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Longlevens     Garden birds today included a male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Blackcaps (2m, 1f), five Chaffinches (1m, 4f), three Goldfinches, six Greenfinches and a Long-tailed Tit. (Pam & Frank Bryant).

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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