Monday 15th February 2021

Frampton     A LITTLE GULL on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Walmore Common     An adult White-fronted Goose, 20 Shelducks, 11 Shovelers, 400 Wigeon, 20 Pintails, 600 Teal, 125 Lapwings, a Golden Plover, three Dunlins, five Snipe, a Cetti’s Warbler, a male Stonechat and 12 Reed Buntings today. (Andy Jayne).

Cheltenham     A Barn Owl hunting at 4:30 pm at the Bishops Cleeve/Gotherington borders, on the edge of Homelands Estate, W of Gotherington Road. (Yvonne Baxter). Just before 1pm a Red Kite drifted over Benhall, moving northwards. (David Norman).

Tewkesbury     A Red Kite circling this afternoon, eventually drifting off E. (Les Ditchburn). Two Little Egrets at Tewkesbury N.R. today. (James Hargreave).

Gloucester     At midday from the Port Ham cycleway (around the iron bridge) at SO820188 a Chiffchaff, a Cetti’s Warbler heard singing nearby briefly and male and female Stonechats. (Ian Elphick).

Chavenage Lane area     180+ Redwings, 100+ Fieldfares, two Stonechats, a male Peregrine, 30+ Yellowhammers, 53 Golden Plovers and a Raven carrying nesting material. (Terry Grant).

Amberley     At Theescombe Lane five Lesser Redpolls on feeders this morning (3+ males), four Blackcaps (2m, 2f), a male Greenfinch, a Stock Dove and a Song Thrush singing. (Phil Williams).

Witcombe Reservoirs     WeBS count today six Canada Geese, two Mute Swans, 32 Mallards, six Teal, eight Tufted Ducks, two Little Grebes, five Great Crested Grebes, a Grey Heron, five Cormorants, ten Moorhens, 30 Coots, a Snipe, 13 Black-headed Gulls and a Herring Gull. (Gordon Avery).

Shab Hill     This afternoon a Buzzard, a Kestrel, 397 Golden Plovers and 2+ Skylarks singing. (Gordon Avery).

Stonehouse     Around Beard’s Mill a Dipper, 3+ Little Egrets, six Grey Herons, two Kingfishers, 50+ Redwings and a Grey Wagtail. (Paul Sutton). Also in this area two Buzzards, four Goldcrests, a Meadow Pipit, seven Goldfinches, six Chaffinches, a Cormorant, a pair of Bullfinches, five Chiffchaffs and 20+ Pied Wagtails. (Alan Jones). In fields below Bond’s Mill two flocks of Lapwings c40 and c200, five Grey Herons and a Little Egret. At Bond’s Mill another Little Egret and a Dipper. A Water Rail in reeds by the disused lock W of Pike Bridge. In a field alongside the A38 near the Whitminster Inn c200 Linnets. (Nigel Birch).

Netheridge Farm    Four Teal (2m, 2f), 14 Stock Doves, a male Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, three Ravens, a female Reed Bunting, a male Siskin, two Chiffchaffs and three Great Spotted Woodpeckers this morning. (MK).

Chiffchaff by Mike King

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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