Tuesday 21st January 2020

From Mike Smart: Les Brown’s funeral will be on Monday 27th January at Worcester Crematorium at 1pm. His son Peter has said that any of his friends will be very welcome to attend. This photo was taken on Les’s 80th birthday at The Boat in Ashleworth. RIP Les.

les brown's 80th birthday, the boat inn pub

Cotswold Water Park West     A first-winter LITTLE GULL in the roost at Pit 16 this evening. (Graham Lawlor). The BLACK-NECKED GREBE still on Pit 16 this evening. Best viewed from the grassy bank off of Nightingale Way. (Graham Lawlor/Terry Grant). Record shots by Graham.

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 Siberian Chiffchaff and 3+ Chiffchaffs. (Terry Grant).

Frampton     A BITTERN near the 100-Acre, viewed from the towpath, and lots of Snipe this morning. (Mike Davis). On Court Lake at lunchtime eight Pintails, two male Pochards, 28 Gadwalls and five Wigeon. (Nick Goatman).

Over     Five Whooper Swans still on the flooded field next to the River Leadon behind Over Farm Market viewed from the path up to to Lassington Hill this morning. Also 51 Mute Swans. (Mike Smart).

Stroud     A Dipper and a Kingfisher at Lodgemore Mill today. (Richard Williams).

WWT Slimbridge    Eight Pink-footed Geese in fields to the N of the Tack Piece, 118 White-fronted Geese from Kingfisher hide and the CATTLE EGRET on South Lake this morning, but not by midday. Also a pair of Oystercatchers here. From Zeiss hide two Egyptian Geese, 45 Dunlins, four Black-tailed Godwits, a Golden Plover, 6+ Snipe, a Water Rail, a Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Reed Bunting. Another Snipe from Martin Smith hide. (Martin McGill/Alan Waterman/Neil Smart/MK). Snipe pic by Mike, Reed Bunting pic by Alan.

Snipe 210120

Reed Bunting 210120

Nympsfield     A Woodcock flew across the road at Nympsfield crossroads at the top of Frocester Hill at 5:20pm. (Jon Dexter).

Cheltenham     At Pilley Bridge N.R., a Blackcap in full song and eating Ivy berries. (Steve Brown).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Water levels still very high and access difficult with wellies essential. Birds today included two Mute Swans, seven Canada Geese, a Shelduck, 900 Wigeon, 1850 Teal, 25 Gadwalls, 75 Mallards, 135 Pintails, 100 Shovelers, 22 Tufted Ducks, 40 Coots, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and 140 Fieldfares feeding on an exposed area of grass. (Mike Smart).

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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