Monday, 1 February 2016

Penduline Tit - Horsbere Flood Alleviation Pool, Brockworth, Gloucester

Sarah, Tobias and I were back at the cottage at Cowley for the weekend so I couldn't resist popping down to the Horsbere Flood Alleviation, only 15 minutes away to see the two male Penduline Tit that had been present since 11th January. These birds are the second record for Gloucestershire, the first being a single observer record of a female at Dyrham Park near Bath on 11th March 2015. The males showed well today (although a little distant for the camera) but kept low in the Greater Reedmace and were not as showy as the Titchfield Birds. Much of their time was spent breaking open the stems of the Reedmace and again I saw them extracting small grubs that appeared to be beetle grubs. The birds are favouring the north-east corner of the pool but occasionally fly towards the Walls Building across the A417.