Saturday 4th February 2017

Bourton-on-the-Water    Four WAXWINGS still today feeding on rowan berries and rosehips in the gardens at the start of Moors Lane. (Tony Coatsworth/Ewan Urquhart/Les Waring). 1st pic by Ewan, 2nd by Les.waxwings-030217


Walmore Common     This morning five Bewick’s Swans (1 juv) were joined by two adult WHOOPER SWANS later in the day. Also an Egyptian Goose and good numbers of dabbling duck including 100 Pintails. Nearby, another two adult Bewick’s Swans were at Wilmer flood at Rodley. (Andy Jayne).

Sharpness     Two BLACK REDSTARTS, one along Dock Road and one on Severn View Road by the picnic site. Also a Cetti’s Warbler. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton     The GREAT WHITE EGRET still on Court Lake late afternoon, also a Grey Wagtail, a Little Owl and a Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE showed well eating a beetle, also a Mistle Thrush, Crossbills, Ravens and a mixed Siskin and Lesser Redpoll flock. At Cannop Ponds at least two pairs of Mandarins and a Raven gathering nesting material. (Ivan Sansom). At Flaxley Woods a Goshawk, 150+ Siskins, a Lesser Redpoll and six Crossbills and 13 Little Grebes nearby on Flaxley Pool. (Andy Jayne). Pic by Ivan.great-grey-shrike-030216Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Maugersbury Park and surrounding streets. It has only been seen for an hour in Fisher Close in the last few days and Maugersbury Park is more likely. Strictly no parking in Fisher Close, there is a public car park near the Bell pub 5 minutes walk away or find alternative parking in the town. Please show the residents respect and as much privacy as is possible. There will be a collection for Kate’s Home Nursing  please give generously on site or on-line. (Ewan Urquhart/Ali Brooks/Tony Coatsworth). Pic by     At Dowdeswell reservoir and Lineover Wood today birds included six Buzzards, two Nuthatches, four Cormorants, two Great Crested Grebes, a Kestrel, a Mistle Thrush, a Bullfinch, four Treecreepers and a Sparrowhawk. (Matt & Katie De Carles).

Harnhill    12 Grey Partridges at SP065005 today. ( Alan Baxter/Alan Hooper).

Coombe Hill Meadows     The first Curlew of the year today, a Black-tailed Godwit, 340 Lapwings, three Mute Swans, 20 Canada Geese, a Shelduck, 1040 Wigeon, 1000+ Teal, 40 Mallards, 48 Pintails (29m, 19f), 20 Shovelers and 16 Pied Wagtails. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     Two Mute Swans, 175 Canada Geese, four Greylags, 1 Shelduck, 130 Wigeon, 800 Teal, 45 Mallards, a Pintail, two Shovelers, three Tufted Ducks, a Lapwing, two Nuthatches and a Goldcrest. (Les Brown).

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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