Friday 31st December 2021

WWT Slimbridge    A GLOSSY IBIS on a field to the N of the entrance road near the canal at 2:30pm. Three Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the Dumbles on the river edge and three Avocets on South Lake. (Seb Buckton). Also today a Marsh Harrier circling over the 50 Acre, two Cattle Egrets back in to the South Lake for the pre-roost,  a wild female Goldeneye in with the collection birds SW side of the Big Pen, a Chiffchaff along the Decoy Boardwalk and a Ringed Plover on the Tack Piece. (Martin McGill/Dot Jones).

Cirencester    At least five, probably seven Hawfinches in Oakley Wood, Cirencester Park this afternoon 1 at SO973033 and 4, probably 6, at SO977025. Also 50+ Bramblings, 20+ Siskins, three Marsh Tits, a singing Mistle Thrush and two singing Song Thrushes. (Jon Mercer).

Hawfinch by Jon Mercer

Cotswold Water Park West     A SCAUP still on Pit 43. (David Creber).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 132 5+ Chiffchaffs by the sewage works and 400 Teal, 250 Lapwings and Golden Plovers, a Green Sandpiper and two Great White Egrets. (Duncan Dine).

Sharpness     A male BLACK REDSTART still this afternoon at the end of Dock Road. (Andy Jordan).

Gloucester     A BLACK REDSTART showed well by the front door of the Cathedral at 12:45pm. (Michael S, @ChaffChampion). A Peregrine on top of the Cathedral at 9:15am. (Paul Watkins).

Peregrine by Paul Watkins

Forest of Dean    A few Bramblings in a mixed finch flock on Serridge Ridge this afternoon. (Geoff Fawcett). 3+ Hawfinches at Parkend today by the Cricket Pitch at 11am. Also at Cannop Ponds, a Marsh Tit on the feeders. (David Jackson).

Coombe Hill Meadows     The Russian White-fronted Goose still today. (Ian Ralphs).

Roel    This afternoon c200 Fieldfares in a brassica field near the Roel Grain Store, two Buzzards, a female Kestrel, a Skylark heard, a Yellowhammer and a Tawny Owl calling at 2pm. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).

Chavenage Lane     Two Stonechats, 70+ Fieldfares and a male Peregrine flying over, which was later seen perched on a wall at Barton End. (Terry Grant).

Cranham     At Cranham Common and Saltridge Woods this morning a Little Grebe on the ponds at Brook Farm Trout Fishery, visible from the public footpath that runs N of the trout farm, a Grey Heron nearby at the stream at Gladys’ Leap, and a Mistle Thrush at the NW corner of the Common. (Caroline Quinn).

Hardwicke     A garden Sparrowhawk today. (Nigel Young).

Sparrowhawk by Nigel Young

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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