Tuesday 21st February 2017

Cheltenham    Belated news of two WAXWINGS in Athelney Way on Sunday afternoon (19th). (Andrew Simon).

Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL in front of hide until 2pm at least. Also two Mute Swans, two Greylags, two Canada Geese, c400 Wigeon, 16 Gadwalls, c350 Teal, 38 Pintails, 42 Shovelers, a Grey Heron, c50 Coots, 780 Lapwings, three Snipe, two Nuthatches and a Song Thrush singing. Also 19 Ruff today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart/Roberta Goodall).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds today included two Mute Swans, nine Shelducks, 200 Wigeon, five Gadwalls, 250 Teal, 40 Mallards, 15 Pintails, 30 Shovelers, a Tufted Duck, a Cormorant, five Grey Herons, a Little Egret, three Buzzards, 20 Coots, an Oystercatcher, 15 Lapwings, eight Curlews, four Skylarks singing, two Meadow Pipits, 20 Fieldfares, ten Redwings, a Cetti’s Warbler singing and five Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Frampton     At Court Lake late afternoon two Mistle Thrushes, two Great Crested Grebes, seven Cormorants roosting and a a GREAT WHITE EGRET preening on the shore at the S end of the lake. Just before 5:30pm two CATTLE EGRETS flew in  to roost. At Splatt Bridge a flock of Black-tailed Godwits on the river’s edge,  small flock of Redwings by the canal and two Buzzards. (Martyn Leighton). Ten Mandarins and a pair of Goldeneye this evening on Court Lake. (Richard Williams).

Forest of Dean     A male Goshawk chasing a Woodpigeon this morning from New Fancy View. The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still near the top of Crabtree Hill at 12:45pm.(Roger Treeby).

Symonds Yat     The resident Peregrines and Ravens, a female Sparrowhawk, two Goshawks, four Buzzards, a pair of Stock Doves, six Song Thrushes, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, seven Bullfinches, ten Long-tailed Tits, two Goldcrests, a male Goosander, a Marsh Tit, a Tawny Owl calling, a Kingfisher, a pair of Mandarins, two Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.goshawk-210217

Quedgeley     The female/immature BLACK REDSTART still at Kingsway in Chivenor Way at 2:30pm. (Mark Hobson).

Walmore Common     Still two adult WHOOPER SWANS and seven Bewick’s Swans still this afternoon. (Paul Rich).

Claypits     A Ring-necked Parakeet seen from the A38 early afternoon. (Matt Neale).

Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Maugersbury Park early afternoon. Strictly no parking in Fisher Close or Maugersbury Park, 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 is a collection for Kate’s Home Nursing  please give generously on site or on-line. (Birding Today).

Bourton-on-the-Water     40+ Red Kites today. (Keith Jennings).

Ashley     950+ Fieldfares and 1000+ Starlings on pasture, 120+ Redwings, a male Reed Bunting, 10+ Skylarks, 12 Linnets, two Ravens, four Yellowhammers, nine Stock Doves, two Kestrels, two Grey Partridges, two Buzzards, two Bullfinches, a Nuthatch, a female Sparrowhawk, a Snipe heard, a Tawny Owl, two Meadow Pipits, a Goldcrest and two Green Woodpeckers. Also two Fallow Deer stags. (Mark Grieve).

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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