Tuesday 16th February 2021

Cotswold Water Park East     A drake RING-NECKED DUCK and a White-fronted Goose at Pit 125, Bowmoor Sailing Lake, today. (Duncan Dine). Eight Goosanders (4m, 4f) on Pit 126 mid-morning. (John Durell).

Ring-necked Duck by Duncan Dine

White-fronted Goose by Duncan Dine

Sharpness      A SHAG heading towards the piers of the docks today. (Clare Glanville).

Chavenage Lane area     A ringtail HEN HARRIER hunting over fields near the Avening-Tetbury crossroads opposite the turn off to Chavenage at 12:55pm. It flew in the direction of Star Farm, but could not be relocated. Also 80+ Skylarks, 80+ Redwings, 75+ Fieldfares, 400+ Starlings and four Stonechats (2m, 2f). (Terry Grant).

Frampton     A female Goosander dropped into Splatt Bridge flashes at high tide, also 48 Curlews, 11 Redshanks, 11 Snipe in the reedbed, three Wigeon and 30 Black-tailed Godwits flying high N were the first of the year. (Gordon Hodgson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    The Grundon Hide is now accessible from the towpath, but still very muddy. Flooding is still extensive, birds today included eight Mute Swans, a Greylag, 40 Canada Geese, seven Shelducks, c1000 Wigeon, six Gadwalls, c750 Teal, 50 Mallards, 151+ Pintails, 40+ Shovelers, four Pochards, 14 Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, 10+ Coots, an Oystercatcher, 2500 Lapwings and ten Golden Plovers, a Black-tailed Godwit, two Snipe, 50 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, ten Herring Gulls, 500+ Black-headed Gulls, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, at least three singing Skylarks, ten Pied Wagtails, five Meadow Pipits, a Stonechat, 150+ Fieldfares, a Treecreeper and a singing Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart). Also two male Goldeneyes on the floodwater right in front of the Grundon hide. (Graham Smith).

Netheridge Farm     A very brief FIRECREST, a Goldcrest, 20+ Redwings, a Chiffchaff, two Green Sandpipers, a drake Tufted Duck and nine Teal this morning. (MK).

Goldcrest 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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