Sunday 3rd January 2021

Slimbridge     A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE with 52 White-fronted Geese and nine Greylags in a field between the canal and ⁦WWT South Lake viewed from the towpath c900m W of Patch Bridge. Also five CATTLE EGRETS next to Prices Court Farm. (Paul Masters).

Stinchcombe Hill     A female Brambling today. (James Robinson).

Cheltenham     A drake Mandarin still on the lake at the University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, this morning. (Duncan Dine/Russell Peacey).

Mandarin by Duncan Dine

Stonehouse     This morning two Dippers and c20 Siskins at Beard’s Mill. (Nigel Birch). On the canal between Stonehouse bridge and Bonds Mill, three Kingfishers, a Little Grebe, a Cormorant over and a Little Egret in the field below the canal near Bonds mill. At Stanley Downton, two Ravens eating a dead Cormorant on a pylon. Also a Buzzard near Ryeford. (Paul Sutton).

Frampton pools     This morning a GREAT WHITE EGRET flew over towards Court Lake, six Reed Buntings, a female Kestrel and a Green Woodpecker. (Dot Jones). Later the GREAT WHITE EGRET at the top end of the Sailing Lake, two male Goldeneye at the top end of Court Lake. Also 79 Tufted Ducks, 26 Mallards, 374 Coots, 36 Mute Swans, 14 Gadwalls, eight Little Grebes, two Shovelers, a Wigeon and seven Great Crested Grebes. In the garden a Chiffchaff and a female Blackcap. (Nick Goatman).

Prior’s Norton    17 Little Egrets on the Chelt flood prevention scheme this morning. (Jeremy Squire).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Whelford Pools good numbers of common wildfowl including Wigeon, Tufted Ducks, Shovelers, Gadwall, Teal, Mallards and Coot. Of note three Goosanders (2m, 1f) and three Red Crested Pochards (2m, 1f). Also Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylags, a Cormorant, small flocks of Goldfinches and Long-tailed Tits, two Song Thrushes, Fieldfare, a Raven, a Grey Heron and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Bruce Kettle).

Long-tailed Tit by Bruce Kettle

Kingscote     30+ Golden Plovers in fields east of Kingscote. (Nigel Tucker).

Leighterton     c100 Common Gulls in fields near Leighterton. (Nigel Tucker).

Kempsford    6-8 Chiffchaffs at the Sewage works, also a Grey Wagtail. In the lanes nearby a mixed flock of c30 Fieldfares and Redwings. (Chris Snook).

Chiffchaff by Chris Snook

Ampney Crucis     A male Yellowhammer, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and eight 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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