Thursday 1st March 2018

WWT Slimbridge     From the Holden Tower three DARK-BELLIED BRENT GEESE, a Red-breasted Goose, a Canada Goose, 54 White-fronted Geese and 223 Barnacle Geese all sitting out a blizzard on the Dumbles this morning. No sign of the Brents this afternoon but 85 Bewick’s Swans still. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Hempsted     A Green Sandpiper by the Rowing Club and another Sandpiper sp by Netheridge swing bridge at lunchtime. (Mark Hobson).

Ashleworth Ham     This morning, water levels way down, but almost completely iced over ducks huddled together, concentrated round one small hole in the ice, and included two Canada Geese, c600 Wigeon, 320 Teal, a Gadwall, a Mallard, 40 Pintails, five Shovelers, 45 Coots, a Moorhen and a Snipe. (Mike Smart).

Kingswood     A Little Egret on the Little Avon by the bridge on the junction of Wotton Road and Vinyard Lane and a Little Owl in a barn behind Kingswood House. (Thomas McCarthy).

Highnam      In the garden 50+ Fieldfares feeding during day with a evening roost of 150+ Fieldfares in a Leylandii hedge and ivy clad hawthorns. Also a Redwing, a pair of Greenfinches, a Green Woodpecker, two Wrens roosting in a tit box and nine Blackbirds. (Karen & David Nicholls).

Nailsworth     At least four Bramblings, 15+ Bullfinches and a Blackcap in the garden. (Terry Grant).

Amberley     At Theescombe Lane, garden birds today included a male Blackcap, a female Siskin, a male Bullfinch, a Redwing, a Song Thrush and two Fieldfares. (Phil Williams).

Berkeley     Two garden firsts today, a male Chaffinch and a Fieldfare. (Paddy Doyle).

Tuffley     A Redwing, a garden first and two male Blackcaps today. (Ian Elphick).

Hucclecote     Garden birds today included male and female Blackcap, four Fieldfares, two Redwings, c40 Starlings, seven Goldfinches and two drake Mallards. (Harold Smith).

Cheltenham     A pair of Fieldfares in the garden today near Cheltenham railway station. (Keith White).

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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