Friday 17th December 2021

Forest of Dean    At least 12 Hawfinches at in Crown Lane, Parkend at 9:15am high up in the tree canopy. Also a Raven over. (Paul Rich/Alan Waterman). At Cannop Upper Pond this morning 16 Wigeon, eight Mandarins (5m, 3f), five Little Grebes, 12 Long-tailed Tits, two Jays, a Buzzard and two Nuthatches. (Chris Keeling). Also in this area a female Brambling with 25+ Chaffinches from the cycle path this morning. Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Marsh Tit, two Coal Tits and six Siskins. (Rob Emery). At Nagshead two Ravens, a mixed flock of c30 Siskins, Greenfinches and Goldfinches on Larch and a Wild Boar blocking the path to Lower hide. (Alan Waterman).

Hawfinch by Alan Waterman

Wild Boar by Alan Waterman

WWT Slimbridge     Five Dark-bellied Brent Geese with the Ross’s Goose from Estuary Tower, two Marsh Harriers from Zeiss hide, on South Lake six Cattle Egrets dropped in at 2:45pm, also a Little Stint here. (Tim Jukes/Ian Hull/Jonathan Bull).

Sharpness    Two BLACK REDSTARTS (1 adult male) by the weighbridge by tallest silo this afternoon. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton     A redhead Goosander on the Sailing Lake in the SE corner at 11.50am. The Tawny Owl roosting in Court Field. (Sue Beynon). From Splatt Bridge this afternoon birds included a Cormorant, a Shelduck, a female Marsh Harrier, a Stonechat, Fieldfares and Redwings, a Grey Heron, a Curlew, a Song Thrush, 30+ Linnets, a Mute Swan, two Buzzards, a Wren and a Goldfinch. (Paul Sutton).

Buzzard by Paul Sutton

Marsh Harrier by Paul Sutton

Cheltenham    A male Goosander on the boating lake at Pittville Park at 10:30am. (Andy Wiggins).

Cambridge     A male Kingfisher on the River Cam next to the George pub. A Buzzard worming and a female Sparrowhawk in the field opposite the pub over the A38. (Dave Abrams).

Kingfisher by Dave Abrams

Coombe Hill Meadows    An adult Mute Swan, 40 Greylags, 178 Canada Geese, c1000 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, at least 400 Teal on the Short Pool, 60 Mallards, six Pintails, 51 Shovelers, a Tufted Duck, five Grey Herons, a Great White Egret, a Cormorant, a Water Rail squealing, 63 Lapwings, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Great Black-backed Gull, 150+ Fieldfares, c5 Redwings and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

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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