Sunday 22nd November 2020

Stonehouse     A FIRECREST early afternoon in a yew tree near the old Standish hospital in Horsemarling Lane. (Alan Jones). Three Little Grebes on the canal near Bonds Mill, a Green Woodpecker calling, five Redwings and several Pied Wagtails over. At Stanley Downton a juvenile Cormorant, a Buzzard, a female Kestrel, a female Sparrowhawk, a Green Woodpecker and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Paul Sutton).

Little Grebe by Paul Sutton

Rodley     At Upper Dumball three Whooper Swans (1 juv) this morning, feeding on grass between the sea wall and the river. (John Sanders).

Frampton pools     186 Gadwalls, 18 Shovelers, 16 Tufted Ducks, 44 Wigeon, two Cetti’s Warblers, a Kingfisher, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 123 Fieldfares, 46 Redwings, ten Stock Doves, 100+ Linnets, 30+ Chaffinches and 36 Skylarks. (Nick Goatman). Also the regular roosting Tawny Owl and a Sparrowhawk. (Sally Carpenter).

Tawny Owl by Sally Carpenter

Broadoak to Westbury     A Yellowhammer over, two Reed Buntings, four Stonechats, four Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 51 Lapwings, three Golden Plover and four Teal. (Lewis Thomson).

Newnham to Westbury     This morning a Hawfinch, a Kingfisher, a Nuthatch, two Stonechats, 30 Lapwings and a Grey Wagtail. (David Smith).

Forest of Dean     At Cannop ponds this afternoon a drake Goosander, 28 Mandarins, 30 Tufted Ducks, two Little Grebes, a Marsh Tit and a very late Red Admiral. (MK).

Cheltenham     At Cox’s Meadow a drake Mandarin on the lower pond, also a Marsh Tit, nine Chaffinches and c15 Long-tailed Tits. (Caspar Hambling, age 11).

Staverton    On farmland E of Staverton church this morning birds included seven Little Egrets, c6 Moorhens, c30 Chaffinches, c15 Redwings, a Buzzard and five Meadow Pipits. (Steve Mockford).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Peregrine sat on the grass preening, two Buzzards, four Mute Swans, 300+ Greylags, 100+ Canada Geese, 50+ Wigeon, two Pintails, a Shelduck, three Grey Herons, a Kingfisher and two Jays. (Mark Deacon/Paul Clark).

Hasfield Ham     A Little Owl, a patch tick, and two Red Kites today. (Ian Hull/Rob & Gillian Guest).

Birdlip    Flocks of 1000+ Golden Plovers in flight over fields, E of Birdlip. c100 on the ground in a ploughed field, three Yellowhammers, a pair of Stonechats, 20+ Skylark, lots of winter thrushes and a Raven. (Sam Walker).

Berkeley  shore    This morning birds included eight Turnstones, 73 Dunlins, 32 Redshanks, 81 Lapwings, two Snipe, 12 Greylags, 58 Mallards, 31 Wigeon, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, three Stonechats, four Rock Pipits, a Yellowhammer, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and 14 Meadow Pipits. Also a Great White Egret high S over the town at 3:40pm heading towards the Deerpark and beyond. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Cotswold Water Park West     190 Lapwings in Shorncote quarry today. (Ian Grange).

Hawling     A male Kestrel in a tree with vole prey. (Roger Wasley).

Kestrel by Roger Wasley

Halmore     Garden birds this morning included two Marsh Tits, five Greenfinches, all juveniles or females, and a male Blackcap. (Chris Newton).

Marsh Tit by Chris Newton

Nympsfield     In a field between Nympsfield and Kingscote (opposite Kingscote wedding barn) 20 Lapwings and 16 Buzzards. (David Price).

Barrow     At Barrow ponds a minimum of 104 Cormorants roosted in trees on the island, also three Little Egrets, two Grey Herons and a Little Owl called briefly just before dark. (Mike Smart).

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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