Sunday 21st January 2018

Ashleworth Ham     A GREAT GREY SHRIKE sat atop a willow along the main ditch opposite the hide in Meerend Thicket at 8:30am. The 3rd for Glos this year. Other birds today included a Cormorant, five Mute Swans, 250 Canada Geese, 15 Greylags, a Barnacle Goose, 200 Wigeon, a male Gadwall, 100 Teal, 74 Mallards, 14 Shovelers, three Tufted Ducks, 10+ Pintails, 40 Lapwings and seven Snipe. (Mike Smart/Andy Jayne).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still this morning at SO837204. Also two Stonechats. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Ben Hopkins/Tash Gillies).

Purton     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER at the timber ponds again this afternoon. (Paul Taylor).

Sharpness     A Kingfisher at SARA pool and three Great Crested Grebes and seven Little Grebes on the canal. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton pools     The Whooper Swan still on Court Lake, also around the pools 135 Tufted Ducks, 345 Coots, 33 Gadwalls, eight Shovelers, four Great Crested Grebes, two Little Grebes, three Little Egrets, 17 Greylags, three Canada Geese, nine Fieldfares and ten Redwings. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean     At Cyril Hart Arboretum four Wild Boar, two Nuthatches, ayyyyy Bullfinch, four Goldcrests and four Crossbills. At Cannop Ponds a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30+ Siskins, 17+ Mandarins, four Goosanders over, two Cormorants, five Little Grebes, 50+ Mallards, 22+ Tufted Duck and two Nuthatches. (Mark Grieve). At Mallards Pike 7/8 Goosanders and eight Mandarins. At least 21 Hawfinches at Parkend by the cricket pitch in Crown Lane. (Gary Thoburn).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds today included 360 Canada Goose, 16 Mute Swans, 23 Greylags, 55 Mallards, 106 Pintails, ten Shovelers, two Tufted Ducks, 1860 Wigeon, 1070 Teal, a Grey Heron, 198 Lapwings, a Curlew,  two Black-tailed Godwits and a Kingfisher on the canal. (David Anderson/Andrew Godden).

Quedgeley     A record count of 40 Chaffinches in the garden at Shelduck Road also up to ten Greenfinches and 25 Goldfinches. (Steve Pullen).

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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