Thursday 2nd March 2017

Forest of Dean     Two GREAT GREY SHRIKES seen at the same time at Crabtree Hill at midday. (Angela Carswell). A GREAT GREY SHRIKE in the clearing at Yew Tree Brake. At Crabtree Hill two Crossbills, a female Stonechat and a Goshawk. Four Hawfinches at Parkend under the yew trees at Crown Lane. Seven Goosanders at Mallards Pike. (Tony Eveleigh/Ian Bollen). Also a Dipper at Parkend. (Jon Mercer). Very disturbing report from Parkend today of birders/photographers getting too close to the Hawfinches and foul language/threats of violence when they were asked not to. If you are visiting Parkend please keep your distance from the birds and respect others there. If you walk through the trees the birds will go and no-one will see them.

Frampton     Two BRAMBLINGS with Chaffinches along Watery Lane (the lane down to the Sailing Club from car park) at 10am. Four Red Crested Pochards (3m, 1f) on the Sailing Lake and pair of Goldeneye on Court Lake. (Gordon Youdale). 31 WAXWINGS on the E side of Frampton Green at 2pm then flew towards Court Lake/Lodge. (Jon Mercer).

Fretherne     Two CATTLE EGRETS in a field adjacent to the road to Arlingham. (Jon Mercer/John Powell).

Painswick Beacon     Passage over the Beacon today included a SWALLOW at 9:35am, three Red Kites, 30 Buzzards, 256 Black-headed Gulls, 1570 Common Gulls, 462 Woodpigeons, two Fieldfares, 37 Redwings, 15 Chaffinches and 14 Goldfinches. (John Fleming).

WWT Slimbridge     A Spotted Redshank on South Lake then on the Rushy. Also a Knot on South Lake and 20+ Avocets. Four Ruff on the Tack Piece and a from Kingfisher hide, also 50+ Golden Plovers, 23 Bewick’s Swans on the Dumbles. (Jon Mercer). Great comparison pic of Common Redshank and Spotted Redshank by Jon.spotted-redshank-020317

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint two Goshawks displaying 10.45-11am, also two Peregrines, a Sparrowhawk and a Raven. (Ian Bollen). Pic by Ian.

Driffield     Two Grey Partridges today. (Paul Rich).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today at SO719117 in the in field other side of the track to the rough field with the small hawthorn tree at midday. (John Powell).

Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Maugersbury Park early morning. 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. (John Powell).

Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still this morning viewable from Meerend Thicket hide. (Lee Evans). Other birds today included a Grey Heron, 20 Lapwings, ten Shovelers, 40 Teal, 20 Wigeon, six Pintails and 20 Fieldfares. (Mike Beer).

Walmore Common     Still two adult WHOOPER SWANS at 10am. (John Powell).

Tewkesbury     On Severn Ham a Shelduck, a Cormorant, three Curlews, 14 Pied Wagtails, two Ravens, 31 Carrion Crows and a Reed Bunting singing. Along the River Avon, from Tewkesbury northwards two Green Sandpipers on a pool at SO 8935. At Mitton, on a wet patch by the marina, just in Gloucestershire, 600 Wigeon, 400 Teal and eight Shovelers. (Mike Smart).

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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