Tuesday 25th February 2020

WWT Slimbridge     Ten Knot with 430+ Black-tailed Godwits until 10:35am when they all flew off. Also an Avocet, a pair of Oystercatchers and 58 Shovelers. (Scott Petrek/MK). This afternoon a CATTLE EGRET on South Lake and a MERLIN and a Goshawk from Estuary Tower. (Les Ditchburn). Pic by Mike.

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Nympsfield     Two Common Cranes circled the village then headed E at 9:30am, a garden tick. (David Price).

Halmore     Five Common Cranes over Halmore at 8:30am in a tight group heading NE towards Slimbridge. (Chris Newton).

Cotswold Water Park East    A Barn Owl hunting over the island on Pit 132. Seven Little Egrets in flooded fields next to Pit 132. (Duncan Dine).

Cotswold Water Park West    A Barn Owl hunting at Shorncote Reedbed until 9:15am when it caught a vole. Also three Little Egrets, four drake Shovelers, four Water Rails, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, a Grey Wagtail, four Stonechats, c30 Fieldfares, a Mistle Thrush, three singing Cetti’s Warblers, a singing Chiffchaff and two singing Reed Buntings. (Jon Mercer/Duncan Dine). Pic by Jon.

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Frampton     On Court Lake early morning a drake Goldeneye, a drake Pochard, a drake Mandarin, 36 Tufted Duck, 35 Greylags, a Barnacle Goose, four Canada Geese, three Great Crested Grebes, 25 Little Egrets, an Oystercatcher, a Green Woodpecker and a Stock Dove. (Nick Goatman).

Maisemore     From Church Road around the lake to the weir on the Severn this afternoon birds included two Little Grebes, two Mute Swans, two Canada Geese, 21 Mallards, six Moorhens, a Coot, three Greenfinches, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, one drumming, a Mistle Thrush, 59 Redwings, 14 Fieldfares, a Red Kite and three Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

Gloucester      At Horsebere Flood Storage Area SO866189 late afternoon birds included male and female Teal, a Mallard, five Coots, four Moorhens, a Cormorants, a male Sparrowhawk, three Goldfinches. a Song Thrush and male and female Reed Bunting. (John Fletcher).

Quedgeley    On the Dimore Brook where it goes under canal, two Kingfishers, a Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, five Long-tailed Tits and a Song Thrush. (Josh Adamms).

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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