Saturday 6th February 2021

Woolaston     A GLAUCOUS GULL in a field today. The land owner says it has been there all week. (Martin Vaisey).

Glaucous Gull by Martin Vaisey

Lower Rea     An adult and a juvenile WHOOPER SWAN still this morning on Corn Ham, Minsterworth viewed from the benches at Lower Rea across the river at SO 80412 15648. (Paul Masters).

Gloucester    Part of the Starling murmuration going to roost on Sudmeadow this evening between 5-5:30pm. Viewed from the Oxlease, adjacent to the All Blues rugby ground. Also 1+ Sparrowhawk and 1+ Peregrine trying their luck. (Ian Elphick).

Starlings by Ian Elphick

Starlings by Ian Elphick

A FIRECREST again in Abbeymead at 1pm. Also a Grey Wagtail, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Goldcrest. (Keith Colcombe). At Horsebere Brook Flood storage lake this morning a Snipe, two Teal, a Reed Bunting, and three different Water Rails calling in the same area of the wetland (northeast corner) at the same time. (Rob Crofton/Andy Langley).

Tresham area     A female MERLIN late afternoon initially seen flying and then relocated perched on a dry stone wall. (Paul Rich).

Horsley     A Barn Owl at midday in a field near the church in the field just S of the road at ST83484 98114. (Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Frampton pools     Two JACK SNIPE, 17 Snipe. a male Goldeneye, 19 Little Egrets, 141 Tufted Ducks, 22 Gadwalls, two Shovelers, eight Teal, 25 Mallards, 52 Robins, 21 Song Thrushes, four Mistle Thrushes, 33 Blackbirds, 24 Redwings, a Fieldfare, a male Stonechat, 19 Reed Buntings and the first singing Skylark of the year. (Nick Goatman).

Chavenage Lane     450+ Fieldfares and 130+ Golden Plovers disturbed by a male Peregrine today. Also four Stonechats. (Terry Grant). In fields between Chavenage and Ledgemore Bottom, 11 Skylarks, several large mixed finch flocks of Bramblings, Goldfinches and Chaffinches, a Lapwing and a Sparrowhawk mobbed by a pair of Buzzards. (Mike Kom).

Winchcombe     At Roel Gare Corn Buntings and Skylarks singing and 100+ Golden Plovers high in the sky wheeling and calling. (Steve Owen).

Halmore     This morning c60 Redwings, c40 Meadow Pipits and a male and female Kestrel. Tonight at 5:45pm at least four Ravens roosting in an oak wood and a male Tawny Owl calling. (Chris Newton).

Stonehouse    From Stonehouse bridge to Bonds Mill a male Kingfisher, a Treecreeper with a Goldcrest and a small mixed tit flock, 45+ Siskins, 30+ Goldfinches, another Goldcrest, a male and female Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker heard, 25+ Chaffinches and a female Kestrel. (Paul Sutton).

Quedgeley    Along the canal between Rea Bridge and Sellars Bridge this afternoon, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, 20 Fieldfares and 30 Redwings, a Cormorant, six Moorhens, eight Pheasants, two Jays, three Buzzards and a Little Grebe briefly near Sellars Bridge. (Steve Pullen).

Stratton    A few Bramblings in amongst 100’s of finches that are feeding on the field margins viewed from Barn Way behind the Stratton House Hotel. (Livvy Drake).

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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