Saturday 2nd January 2021

Gloucester     A male FIRECREST at Port Ham today. Also a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, two Water Rails, a JACK SNIPE, three Snipe, a Green Woodpecker, a Cetti’s Warbler, a very vocal SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, three Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stonechats and 20 Siskins. (Andy Jayne).

Guscar Rocks/Cone Pill     At high tide today birds included a Cormorant, four Grey Herons, 60 Common Gulls, 23 Lapwings, 190 Curlews, 40 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 11 Shelducks, six Redshanks, a Snipe, a male Kestrel, five Ravens, 15 Redwings, a Fieldfare, eight Greenfinches and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Iain Crawford).

Newnham-on-Severn    A WHOOPER SWAN and a juvenile Mute Swan in stubble fields on the Arlingham side of the Severn again this afternoon at cSO70701220, viewed from Newnham church. (Lewis Thomson).

Leigh     Today at 11:30am on the floods at the Leigh (visible from the farm at the end of the lane beyond St Catharine’s church SO86162593) 12 Mute Swans, two Egyptian Geese, two Pintails, six Shovelers, ten Gadwalls, two Mallards and eight Wigeon. (Rob Crofton).

Norton     At 12 noon, N of Norton, on floods near the river Chelt at Inchmore bridge (viewed from SO86622477) c8 Little Egrets and a GREAT WHITE EGRET. (Rob Crofton).

Coates     Five Hawfinches feeding in leaf litter just off the ride at Hailey Wood this afternoon. (Michael Cook).

Quenington     Two Red Kites overhead and two Lesser Redpolls and a Marsh Tit on the garden feeder. (Michael Cook).

Elmore    Three CATTLE EGRETS flew downriver towards Elmore Back/Minsterworth at 9:50am, also a Little Egret, a pair of Stonechats, a Sparrowhawk, a Jay, three Ravens, two male Bullfinches, 20 Goldfinches and three Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (MK).

Stonechat by Mike King

Horsley     A Barn Owl hunting in an uncut hay meadow at ST8412 9854 at 4:30pm. (Jude Smith).

Wainlodes     Three Bullfinches (2m, 1f), three Fieldfares, five Redwings and a Mistle Thrush. The road is flooded at the Red Lion and Coombe Hill Wharf car park is
still under water. (Sara Baldwin).

Coombe Hill car park by Rob Crofton. Don’t even think about it!

Stonehouse    A Little Egret over fields below St Cyr’s Church this morning. A Raven behind the church, a Kingfisher at the Ocean and a Little Grebe, Bond’s Mill side of the railway tunnels. (Paul Sutton/Duerden Cormack). Also a Cetti’s Warbler and a male Blackcap along the canal at SO 80305 04882. At Stanley Downton sewage works a Green Woodpecker, two Green Sandpipers, a Grey Wagtail, and a Little Egret in the surrounding fields. (Duerden Cormack).

Kingfisher by Paul Sutton

Cleeve Hill     This morning five Stonechats near Wontley Barn and a Reed Bunting with Yellowhammers on the West Down Gallops. (Ian Ralphs).

Halmore     Birds in the garden today included three Coal Tits, a Marsh Tit, four Long-tailed Tits, two Greenfinches, six Goldfinches, a Redwing, a Fieldfare, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and c70 Lapwings over. (Chris Newton).

Cheltenham    At Naunton Park, at least two Blackcaps in gardens (m&f), a scattering of
Redwings around the area and eight Common Gulls on the playing field. (Steve Brown).

Ampney Crucis     A male Yellowhammer and six Long-tailed Tits on feeders today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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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