24 January 2013

Around the Shorncote Reedbed area:    9 Reed Buntings, 12 Meadow Pipits, 60 Starlings, 17 Fieldfares, 3 Goldfinches, 11 Snipe, 17 Moorhens, 11 Pied Wagtails, 2 Cettis Warblers (one showing well around the bend in the stream, by the pit 85 hide), 2 Song Thrushes, 8 Magpies, 5 Lapwings, 1 Redwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Water rails, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Mallard, 55 Teal, 20 Canada Geese (12 with neck collars), 85 Coots, 12 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Ducks, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat and 2 Long Tailed Tits.

The Water Rails are best seen around the marshy/flooded area near the pit 85 hide, or around the margins of the stream. They are quick to dive for cover at the first sign of disturbance, so watch quietly from a distance, or use the hide (it is very well placed to observe them). Paths are flooded, so Wellies very wise.     Kim Milsom

From Gloster Birder:  This afternoon at CWP 56, 11 Goosanders (3m), a pair of Bullfinches, a Kingfisher and two Ravens over. On CWP 44 six SMEWS (2m), a male and two female Goosanders and 50+ Red Crested Pochards. At CWP 57 a male Goldeneye. (Steve Brown per Gloster Birder).  

Can I make a quick plea to those birders submitting sightings to County sites only, could you please consider copying this site in.  Most birders visiting CWP are not worried about County boundaries and could easily miss out on this information.  Records sent to this site also get added to the CWP Biodiversity data which does have a very useful purpose in recording and protection of species.

Blakehill: Red Kite, 2 Ravens, c30 Fieldfares, Green Woodpecker, c8 Meadow Pipits, 2 Linnets, 3 Goldcrests    Robin Griffiths

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