Sunday 17th January 2021

Broadoak     A WHOOPER SWAN and a juvenile Mute Swan on the Severn at Broadoak again this afternoon, then flew back to the usual stubble field on the Arlingham side at 2:55pm (SO70601245). Also 24 Lapwings and six Dunlins on the sands. (Lewis Thomson).

Frampton     From the towpath at Splatt Bridge 40+ Shelducks, a Little Egret, three Curlews, 14 Redshanks, a Water Rail, a Chiffchaff and a female Blackcap this morning. (MK). Later a juvenile MARSH HARRIER at 1:30pm. (Roberta Goodall). Around the pools a CATTLE EGRET, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, 16 Little Egrets, a Woodcock, a Raven, three Goldeneyes, 124 Tufted Ducks, 397 Coots, 32 Gadwalls, six Wigeon, four Shovelers, four Teal, two Pochards, 49 Greylags, five Canada Geese, eight Siskins, a Stonechat and a Tawny Owl today. (Nick Goatman).

Moreton Valence/Saul     Between Parkend Bridge and Saul Marina a pair of Kingfishers, a Sparrowhawk with prey, a Little Egret and a Grey Wagtail in the sluice. (MK).

Gloucester     A male BLACK REDSTART and two Peregrines on the Cathedral today. (Gordon Avery/Keith Colcombe). A Sparrowhawk in the garden at Abbeydale at 12:30pm for 5 minutes. (Lorraine Besent).

Elmore Back via Weir Green     A Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret and 19 Shelducks in a flooded field and 17 more flew over, a Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipits, 25 Skylarks and 25 Lapwings. A Mistle Thrush in School Lane, Quedgeley. (Paul Masters).

Roel Gate     A Barn Owl this morning. (Dave Clarke).

Batsford    400 Redwings this afternoon in the horse paddocks today. (Richard Tyler).

Forest of Dean     At English Bicknor this afternoon two Red Kites and two Buzzards. At Coldwell rocks a female Peregrine. On the river below, a female Goosander and two Cormorants. At the Yat Rock car park, a male Sparrowhawk attempted to ambush two Robins bathing in a puddle. Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker here. (Iain Crawford).

Cotswold Water Park West    Two probably three Yellow-legged Gulls at the Pit16 roost this evening, 1-2 adults and a 3rd winter. (Rich Hearn).

Calmsden     208 Golden Plovers hunkered down out of the wind in an arable field at SP047095. Also three Kestrels around the village and a pair of Stonechats at Lower Chedworth. (Harvey Sherwood).

Stonehouse     A Kingfisher at Bond’s Mill and a Little Egret in the fields. (Simon Spedding). c100 Chaffinches in the trees between the Ocean and Bond’s Mill, a Dipper at Pike Bridge, two Green Woodpeckers calling at Chipman’s Platt, Eastington, two Fieldfares in lanes next to St Cyr’s Church and a Grey Wagtail on farm buildings near the sewage works. (Nigel Birch). From Pike Bridge to the Ocean a Little Grebe, a Kingfisher and a Kestrel. At the sewage works a Grey Wagtail with Pied Wagtails and a Grey Heron on the River Frome. (Bob Hindle).

Stanley Downton     Three Grey Herons, a Raven over, 14 Robins, nine Wrens, five Cormorants (3 ads, 2 juvs), a Green Woodpecker, two Song Thrushes, 35 Redwings and a male Kestrel today. (Paul Sutton).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Ten Mute Swans, 45 Greylags, 50 Canada Geese, two Shelducks, 1750 Wigeon, 1000 Teal, 40 Mallards, 150+ Pintails, 120+ Shovelers, 15 Tufted Ducks, three Moorhens, 20 Coots, 300 Lapwings, 50 Black-headed Gulls, a Buzzard, five Pied Wagtails, 20+ Fieldfares and 10+ Redwings today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     Nine Mute Swans, 95 Greylags, 110 Canada Geese, 220 Wigeon, 100 Teal, two Gadwalls, 40 Mallards, 20 Pintails, 50 Shovelers, a Tufted Duck, two Lapwings and three Snipe today. (Mike Smart).

Ampney St Mary     Two Yellowhammers, a Sparrowhawk and nine Linnets 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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