Tuesday 7th February 2017

Coombe Hill Meadows     A LESSER YELLOWLEGS from Grundon hide at 9:10am until 1:40pm when it took off with Lapwings and not relocated today. The first County record since April 1998, presumably the Worcs bird relocating. Wear wellies or get wet feet due to flooding on the boardwalk. (Mike Smart). Pic by Paul Taylor. Also today 36 Pintails, 2400 Wigeon including a leucistic individual, 1056 Teal, a Shelduck, then Shovelers, 120 Fieldfares, a Little Egret, a Golden Plover, 3-4 Snipe and 1500 Lapwings. (Lee Evans/Mike Smart). lesser-yellowlegs-070217Saul     Still three CATTLE EGRETS feeding in a paddock at SO745089 then flew towards Frampton at 4:57pm, presumably to roost. (Steve Pick).

Forest of Dean     Four Hawfinches (a male and 3 females) behind the cricket pitch at Crown Lane today. (Mick Colquhoun). Pics by Mick.hawfinch-070217


In the Woorgreens lake and Crabtree Hill area this morning birds included the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still, five Goosanders, three Buzzards, a pair of Reed Buntings, a pair of Stonechats, two Mistle Thrushes, a Nuthatch, a mixed flock of 30-40 Siskins with a few Lesser Redpolls on Birch trees near lake. Also three Roe Deer. (Martin Russell). At Cannop Ponds five female Goosanders and c40 Mandarins. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock the resident Peregrines and an intruding Peregrine, two Goshawks, five Buzzards, the resident pair of Ravens, a Tawny Owl calling, two Stock Doves, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest, a male Goosander, three Song Thrushes, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Jays, 24 Canada Geese, four Nuthatches, a Honey Bee, a Hoverfly, a Bank Vole and seven Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.peregrine-070217

Lydney     Several groups of Goldfinches mixed with Siskins around Harbour and in Alder trees along River Lyd. (Alan Waterman).

Ashleworth Ham     Three male Pochards and three Shelducks today. (Keith Bannister).

Tewkesbury     A Peregrine on the Abbey and a Raven calling today. (Keith Bannister).

Ashley     Three Mistle Thrushes, 60+ Fieldfares, 250+ Woodpigeons N, 18+ Yellowhammers, 225+ Redwings, two Green Woodpeckers, 250+ Starlings, a male Peregrine mobbed by a Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Bullfinches, two Nuthatches, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest, seven Ravens and 65+ Linnets today. (Mark Grieve).

Slad     Little Egret in Slad, by the pond at the bottom of the valley today. (Pete Blythe).

Coombe     A female MERLIN seen from the car flying low over old disused quarries on the B4O58 at ST768945. (Duerden Cormack).

Stroud     A Little Grebe on the Stroudwater Canal near Lodgemore Lane this morning at 9:15am at SO843050. (Duerden Cormack).

Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Maugersbury Park on the last house on the right and in 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. (Ian Hull).

Edge     At Rudge Hill NNR today birds included a Mistle Thrush, two Goldcrests, nine Long-tailed Tits, two Song Thrushes, a Great Spotted Woodpecker heard, two Treecreepers, two Nuthatches, a Redwing, two Coal Tits and a male Blackcap. (John Fletcher).

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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