Saturday 18th December 2021

Cotswold Water Park West     A male and female SCAUP on Pits 43/65 today. (David Creber/Mark Gurney).

Gloucester     A male BLACK REDSTART on the Cathedral over the South porch at 10am. Also a Peregrine. (Mark Hobson).

Sharpness     A BLACK REDSTART in Dock Road again today. (Clare Glanville).

WWT Slimbridge    Three Dark-bellied Brent Geese with the Canada Geese and a Marsh Harrier feeding on a carcass on the Tack Piece. (Jeanne Vitkovskis).

Frampton     Two Barn Owls hunting at Splatt Bridge at 7:30am. (Allan Jeffcutt).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A White-fronted Goose flew in at 8:45am and flew off 25 minutes later. Also a Great Black-backed Gull, a Kingfisher, a Cetti’s Warbler, 1030 Wigeon and 310 Teal. (Ian Ralphs). A few Redwings and Fieldfares this morning and a Kingfisher next to the car park. (Terry Richer). WeBS count also included 40 Greylags, 47 Canada Geese, four Shelducks, 41 Shovelers, two Pintails, a Gadwall, 48 Mallards, six Snipe, five Lapwings and a Grey Heron. (David Anderson).

Fieldfare by Terry Richer

Ashleworth Ham    WeBS count included 120 Greylags flew over, 160 Canada Geese roosting, 200 Wigeon, 450 Teal, 150 Mallards, 35 Shovelers, six Pintails, a Cormorant, six Snipe, 15 Black-headed Gulls, 15 Fieldfares, ten Redwings and 15 Long-tailed Tits. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     WeBS count included seven Wigeon, ten Teal, 15 Mallards, two Shovelers, a Grey Heron, three Moorhens and 25 Pied Wagtails feeding round edge of flood. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows     WeBS count included three Little Egrets and a Green Sandpiper. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    11 Hawfinches in Crown Lane at Parkend and two more at the church. A Nuthatch and a Treecreeper at Nagshead. (Eric Harris/Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby). 22 Little Grebes on Flaxley pool this morning. (Andy Jayne). A Hawfinch, two Jays and a male Bullfinch at Crabtree Hill at dawn. At Cannop Ponds stoneworks another male Bullfinch and a Nuthatch. (Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Cheltenham    A male Goosander on the top lake at Pittville Park again today. (John Sanders/Mark Dowie).

Leckhampton Hill     This afternoon at Hartley Farm a finch flock including Goldfinches, Linnets, 10+ Bramblings and 100+ Chaffinches. (Duncan Dine).

Halmore     Birds in the garden today included a male Ring-Necked Parakeet, a garden first, a Marsh Tit, up to three Greenfinches, two Coal Tits, eight Goldfinches, five Chaffinches, eight Collared Doves, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Jay. (Chris Newton).

Ring-necked Parakeet by Chris Newton

Ring-necked Parakeet by Chris Newton

Stonehouse     Along the the Canal from Boakes Drive to the Ocean two Kingfishers, a Grey Heron, a Jay and a Little Grebe this morning. A female Sparrowhawk over the garden. (Paul Sutton).

Little Grebe by Paul Sutton

Kingfisher by Paul Sutton

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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