Saturday 3rd March 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     The drake RING-NECKED DUCK still at the north end of Pit 16 this morning. (Andy Jayne).

Sharpness     A Ruff this morning and a BLACK REDSTART still. 100 Dunlins and 40 Meadow Pipits feeding/balancing on a 10m wide floating ice off the saltmarsh between Sharpness and Berkeley Pill. (Andy Jordan).

Berkeley     A JACK SNIPE at Berkeley Pill this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Saul Warth      This morning 50+ Dunlins, four Redshanks and an Avocet. Also between Hock Ditch and Splatt Bridge 250+ Fieldfares, four Chiffchaffs, a Peregrine, 50+ Snipe, Lapwing everywhere and a Yellowhammer over. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton     A Woodcock, three Snipe, three male Goldeneyes, one on Court Lake and two on the Sailing Lake, eight Brambings, 14 Reed Buntings, eight Yellowhammers, a male Red Crested Pochard, a male Mandarin, 35 Shovelers, 126 Tufted Ducks, 36 Gadwalls, four Pochards and a Red Kite over the Sailing Lake this morning. (Nick Goatman/Gordon Hodgson).

Quedgeley     A male and a female Hawfinch in the garden today. Also two Fieldfares. Late morning a Hawfinch between Clearwater Drive wetland area and the canal. (Paul Masters). At Shelduck Road two Common Gulls taking bread off the lawn, a garden tick. (Steve Pullen).

Purton     A Barn Owl hunting at 4:10pm right beside the River Severn banks at  SO6913004573. (per Paddy Doyle).

Stroud     A Hawfinch in the Horns Road area today. (Francis Steuck).

Huntley     A Hawfinch in a silver birch at the western end of Huntley Golf Course at 11:35am. Large numbers of Fieldfares in and around the village all day. (Martin Drew).

Cheltenham     A Hawfinch in a garden on the Old Bath Road, also Fieldfares, Redwings and two Song Thrushes. (Nicola Ellis). A Red Kite low over the centre of Cheltenham being mobbed at 9:05am. Also three Little Egrets in central Cheltenham in the watercourse adjacent to Honeybourne Way opposite DW Sports at 3:25pm. (Mark Dowie).

Alderton     A Treecreeper at Alderton playing field today. (Mark Farmer).

Forest of Dean     At Sling, Coleford garden birds included 70+ Fieldfares, a Mistle Thrush, a Redwing, 8+ Blackbirds, a Song Thrush, two Pied Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, 12+ House Sparrows, six Siskins, 20+ Goldfinches, two Greenfinches, male and female Bullfinch, 10+ Chaffinches, male and female Bramblings, a Coal Tit and two Long-tailed Tits. (Heidi & Alan Martin). In the garden at Berry Hill a Brambling with a Chaffinch flock and three Fieldfares, both garden firsts. (Andrew Potter-Irwin). In the garden at Ellwood 40 Fieldfares yesterday and 20 today. (Clive Mowforth). Pic by Clive.

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Brockworth     c24 Fieldfares and a Redwing at Brockworth Business Park today. (Emma Byford).

Twyning     Six Fieldfares feeding on Privet berries, two Redwings, a pair of Blackcaps, two male Reed Buntings, three Greenfinches and a Song Thrush in the garden since the snowfall. (Phil & Chris Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Bourton-on-the Water     In the garden ten Fieldfares, two Redwings,20 Black-headed Gulls and two rooftop Red Kites. (Keith Jennings).

Gloucester     c40 Fieldfares in Abbeydale this morning, perching in the trees and feeding off any berries they could find. (Richard Vass). Also one in the garden, a garden tick. (Terry Smith).

Winchcombe     This morning a Green Woodpecker trying to find ants, in the snow. 11 Fieldfares around Winchcombe at midday and a Red Kite over early afternoon. (Peter Rodgers).

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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