Tuesday 21st December 2021

Chavenage Lane     600+ Fieldfares, 350+ Redwings, 300+ Linnets, 600+ Chaffinches and 150+ Bramblings in with them, all feeding in a stubble field and an adjoining Linseed field. Also five Stonechats and 2000+ Woodpigeons. Many of the thrushes were bathing in nearby puddles. (Terry Grant).

Hazleton     By the gate on the bend 100+ Bramblings and 20+ Chaffinches all feeding on seed on the farm track. (Les Ditchburn).

WWT Slimbridge     Four Pink-footed Geese (3 ads & a juv) on the Bottom New Piece from Kingfisher hide. Also a Greenshank and an Avocet on the Rushy and a Peregrine from Zeiss hide. (Roy Kinchin). A Goshawk hunting on the Bottom New Piece. (Neil Smart). A Cattle Egret on South Lake, two Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 56 White-fronted Geese on the Dumbles. (Mark Dowie).

Nailsworth     A Red Kite over Nailsworth Garden Centre at 3:30pm today. (Dan Underhill).

Horsley     A Red Kite over the tip at Pike Quarry and a male Kestrel on wires nearby at midday. (Paul Sutton).

Gloucester     Three Stonechats in the reeds around Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Area lake this morning, c15 Skylarks feeding on adjacent farmland with c18 Redwings, a Buzzard and a male Kestrel hunting over farmland and the Mound. Half the perimeter of the lake is closed off for maintenance works at the moment. (Caroline Quinn).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This afternoon on the north scrape from Grundon hide c350 Wigeon, c150 Teal, 40 Shovelers, six Pintails, 43 Lapwings, a Grey Heron and three Mute Swans. The hedgerows and trees along the canal path had four Bullfinches, c40 Fieldfares and c35 Redwings, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a male Yellowhammer. The canal path is very muddy but passable, the circular trail via Long Pool hide and Snipe Pond are currently impassable due to flooding. (Caroline Quinn). Earlier this morning four Mute Swans, 15 Canada Geese, 915+ Wigeon, 300+ Teal, 40 Mallards, a Grey Heron, at least two Water Rails calling, 2+ Pied Wagtails and a female Blackcap feeding on Mistletoe along the towpath. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    Up to five Hawfinches at Crown Lane, Parkend high in the treetops early morning. (Jonathan Bull).

Frampton     On the Sailing Lake a male Goosander, also a Chiffchaff and a male Blackcap today. (Nick Goatman).

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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