Saturday 17th February 2018

Forest of Dean     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER on the Short Trail at Nagshead RSPB at 9am this morning. Also a male Bullfinch here. Three Hawfinches at Parkend still. (Craig Stewart). A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER in Cannop Ponds car park early afternoon. (Gordon Avery). At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still, 200+ Siskins, 40+ Crossbills, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Coal Tits, two Mistle Thrushes, a Treecreeper, a Nuthatch, two Bullfinches, two Meadow Pipits, a Jay, a Raven, three Stonechats, a Green Woodpecker and three Greylags over. (Mark Grieve). A GREAT GREY SHRIKE was at two different clear-fell areas near Cannop Ponds this morning until at least 11:10am. (Andy Jayne).

Lydney     At Lydney Harbour a GLOSSY IBIS along the canal for 15 minutes from 2:50pm. It was preening and seemed settled (despite passing dog-walkers), but then flew off. It didn’t appear to go far, but wasn’t relocated. Also a Kingfisher, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Hawfinch along the canal. (Andy Jayne).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still at 8:30-8:45am but not again by 12 midday at SO8375520392. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Ralph Paul Samuels). At Walham a Barn Owl hunting by the A40 at 5:14pm. (Andy Jayne).

Berkeley     A Barn Owl by the A38 between the Prince of Wales and the Berkeley Heath turn off at 3:30am. (Matthew Tipper). A JACK SNIPE, 15 Oystercatchers and c200 Dunlins at Berkeley shore today. (Paul Taylor).

Cirencester     A Peregrine flew from Cirencester parish church this morning in the town centre. (Dave Soons).

Sharpness     The female type BLACK REDSTART on the NedWest building today. (Paul Rich). Also three Grey Herons and a Tawny Owl calling from a small wood at SO 66905 02982. (Paddy Doyle).

WWT Slimbridge     A large flock of Golden Plovers today and a displaying drake Pochard. (Darren Robson). Pics by Darren.

Golden Plovers 170218

Pochard 170218

Symonds Yat     From the Viewpoint today the Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, an adult female Goshawk and a juvenile male Goshawk, five Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, Ravens, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Stock Dove, three pairs of Mandarins, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, a Song Thrush, a Marsh Tit, a Siskin, a Mistle Thrush, five Pied Wagtails, a female Bullfinch, a Greenfinch and a small flock of Linnets. Also six Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cobney Meadows     Eight Mute Swans, four Canada Geese, three Shelducks, 400 Wigeon, 17 Gadwalls, 580 Teal, 30 Mallards, 17 Pintails, two Shovelers, a Grey Heron, 700 Lapwings, a Curlew, a Little Owl calling and two Skylarks today. (Les Brown/Andrew Godden/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth/Hasfield Hams     Two Mute Swans, 20 Greylags, 60 Canada Geese, a Shelduck, 216 Wigeon, 30 Gadwalls, 565 Teal, 62 Mallards, 40 Pintails, 47 Shovelers, six Tufted Ducks, a Cormorant over, a Little Grebe, 50 Coots, 150 Lapwings, four Snipe, 40 Black-headed Gulls, a Common Gull, three Skylarks and two Reed Buntings today. (WeBS count- Les Brown/Andrew Godden/Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows      54 Mallards, 29 Coots, a Grey Heron, 60 Canada Geese, 73 Shovelers, 1530 Wigeon, a Shelduck, 440 Teal, 15 Black-headed Gulls, 19 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Curlew heard and two seen later, 190 Lapwings, two Moorhens, four Tufted Ducks, 36 Pintails and nine Mute Swans today. (WeBS count – David Anderson).

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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