Saturday 27th February 2021

Cotswolds     A LONG-EARED OWL found today but flew off into nearby woods. (Jamie Warren).

Long-eared Owl by Jamie Warren

Gloucester     A Goshawk circling near the cathedral this morning. Also two Peregrines. (Gareth Jones). Three pairs of Buzzards today at 12:20pm between Telford’s Bridge and the railway line. (Robert McAllister).

Cleeve Hill     This morning a Marsh Tit just above Prestbury and a MERLIN was panicking the Skylarks at the Iron Age fort. (Jeremy Squire).

Frampton     At the pools four Goldeneyes (3m), four singing Blackcaps, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Oystercatchers, 89 Tufted Ducks, two Gadwalls, 12 Mallards, 68 Greylags, seven Canada Geese and a Raven. (Nick Goatman). On Splatt flashes five Little Egrets and a Cattle Egret at 11:27am. In the ridged field next to 100-Acre a WATER PIPIT and two Common Cranes further down the canal. Two BRENT GEESE (subspecies not noted) flew from the Slimbridge area and then returned there. (Ken Heron).

Minchinhampton     40 Golden Plovers flew low over the Common this evening. (Rich Hearn).

Chavenage/Star Farm area     c40 Bramblings, predominantly males, feeding in a ploughed field with 30+ Chaffinches. Also 25+ Buzzards. (Terry Grant).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning two Mute Swans, three Shelducks, 520+ Wigeon, five Gadwalls, 300+ Teal, ten Mallards, 68+ Pintails, 69+ Shovelers, 25 Tufted Ducks, a Great Crested Grebe, a Grey Heron, ten Coot, two Oystercatchers, 40 Lapwings, two Dunlins, five Ruff (3m, 2f), a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Chiffchaff singing and at least four Reed Buntings singing. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     25 Shelducks, 80 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 30 Pintails, ten Shovelers, a Grey Heron, five Coots, three Oystercatchers, 11 Curlews and a calling Little Owl. (Mike Smart).

Sharpness area    Four Grey Plovers, four Oystercatchers, three Curlews, three Little Egrets, four Shelducks and a Green Sandpiper today. (Caspar & Luke Hambling).

Stonehouse     At Bridgend this morning a pair of Goldcrests near the old Wycliffe boat house, a pair of Grey Wagtails at the double lock and another pair at the weir on the Frome, off the cycle track, a Treecreeper with a small mixed tit flock and a Great Spotted Woodpecker over. At Stanley Downton, three Buzzards, three Cormorants, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, six Roe Deer and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. This afternoon in Beard’s Mill field two Green Sandpipers, a Dipper, a Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker calling, a Cormorant and a female Sparrowhawk. (Paul Sutton).

Duntisbourne Rouse      A Cattle Egret reported near the Saxon church. (Bernard Jackson).

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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