Tuesday 20th February 2018

Forest of Dean     A pair of LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKERS on the lower part of the Short Trail at Nagshead this morning between 9:30 and 10am (near the bench c400m from the start of the trail). They spent about 30 minutes feeding and interacting before they disappeared. (Brian Piercey). A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming and calling below the Short Trail at Nagshead at 11:10am but remaining invisible. Also 2+ Hawfinches. (MK). Two Goshawks were displaying in front of New Fancy View with another bird seen above the wood behind the viewpoint. (Brian Piercey/Roger Treeby). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today. (Brian Piercey/Tara Okon/Terry Grant/Chris Snook). Also a pair of Stonechats. (Terry Grant). Four Crossbills and 20+ Siskins at Yew Tree Brake mid afternoon. (MK). At Cannop ponds 14 Mandarins (9m, 5f), a pair of Gadwalls, 6+ Little Grebes and a Cormorant. (MK). Pics by Brian.

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Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still this afternoon. Also a Black-tailed Godwit. (Ian Hull/Duncan Dine).

Sharpness area     During high tide two Oystercatchers on the Dock Pier. Between the Dock-Berkeley Pill a Common Sandpiper, 1+ Rock Pipit and a pair of Stonechats. (Gordon Avery).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair, nine Buzzards, three Goshawks, Ravens, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, two Marsh Tits, Stock Doves, a Song Thrush, a Sparrowhawk, a pair of Goosanders and a Treecreeper. Also a Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Staverton     A Red Kite floating NW over J11 of the M5 at 9am. (Tim McGrath).

Cirencester     A Red Kite seen from the A419 near to Dobbies Garden Centre at SP 05085 00145 at 4:15pm today. (Steve Covey).

Netheridge     The Green Sandpiper still visiting to feed at the disused cement works in Bristol Road. (Mark Hobson).

Stratton     A male Brambling and four Yellowhammers in the garden today. Also 15 Chaffinches, four Greenfinches and 12 House Sparrows. (Ken Cservenka).

Aldsworth     Between Aldsworth and Coln St Aldwyns 200 Lapwings and 450 Golden Plovers from 18th-20th. (Martin Farrow).

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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