Saturday 1st January 2022

Tidenham Chase     A DARTFORD WARBLER early afternoon amongst the gorse bushes on the western side of Poor’s Allotment. (Steve Thorogood).

WWT Slimbridge     The GLOSSY IBIS was near the Dutch Barn at Shepherd’s Patch at 9:30am, it was also seen in the grounds. (Sophie Harris). Four Dark-bellied Brent Geese were on the Dumbles edge, also the Ross’s Goose, a Little Stint, a Peregrine, a pair of Stonechats and an unringed Common Crane. A Great White Egret in fields to the N. A pair of Goldeneyes on South Lake and up to six Avocets. 10+ Cattle Egrets flew from the grounds and spent much of the day at SO 73580 04109 near the village. (Martin McGill/Paul Masters/Andy Chapman/David Creber/Roberta Goodall/Mark Hobson/Dot Jones/MK).

Glossy Ibis by Mike King

Cattle Egrets by Mike King

Dark-bellied Brent Geese by Mike King

Sharpness     The male BLACK REDSTART still towards the end of Dock Road. (Andy Jordan). A Rock Pipit on the rocks below SARA. (David Creber/Roberta Goodall).

Cotswold Water Park West     A pair of SCAUP still at Pit 43/65 at the S end. (Jon Mercer). 26 Pintails (18m, 8f) on Pit 75. (Nigel Pleass).

Cotswold Water Park East     Two Green Sandpipers on Pit 132. (Jon Mercer).

Cirencester    At least 15 Hawfinches at Oakley Wood this morning and in the Park Corner area a Merlin attacking a flock of 60+ Skylarks, ten Bramblings, 80 Linnets, 30 Yellowhammers and ten Corn Buntings. (Andy Jayne). This afternoon in Cirencester Park, in one of the fields just off Sapperton Park Ride, a Merlin chasing a small bird, probably one of the 100’s of Bramblings and Chaffinches feeding on the standing seed crop at SO96010279. (Martine Fenn/Josh Adamms).

Chapman’s Cross     30 Corn Buntings near Cranhill Barn. (Andy Jayne).

Frampton pools     This morning three Goldeneyes (2m, 1f), 101 Tufted Ducks, 57 Shovelers, 50 Wigeon, two Pochards, 17 Gadwalls, six Little Grebes, two Treecreepers, 45 Fieldfares, 16 Redwings, two Siskins and a Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman).

Tawny Owl by Mike King

Forest of Dean     In the Woorgreens, Crabtree Hill and Serridge area five Goosanders, four Crossbills, c25 Siskins, c20 Lesser Redpolls, a Nuthatch, a Fieldfare, six Goldcrests and two Ravens. (Keith Williams). At Cannop Ponds today, a Marsh Tit, a Raven, six Wigeon, five Little Grebes, a Jay, 12 Mandarins, four Goosanders (1m, 3f), a Kingfisher and three Coal Tits and a Grey Wagtail at the Stoneworks.  (Chris Keeling/Andy & Sue Gibbons). At Parkend late morning five Hawfinches and a Mistle Thrush in Crown Lane, and two Nuthatches at the church. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Ashleworth Ham     A Tawny Owl called behind the hide late morning. (Les Sysum). This afternoon c40 Lapwings seen from the road towards the north end of the reserve, c15 Snipe from the hide, a pair of Stonechats by the northernmost screen, a Peregrine, a Kingfisher, a Grey Heron and a Gadwall, eight Shovelers, 15 Pintails, 100+ Teal, 70 Wigeon, c20 Canada Geese and c20 Greylags. In fields near the junction of Ham Road and White End eight Red-legged Partridges and two Pheasants at sunset. (Caroline Quinn/Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This afternoon a White-fronted Goose and a Yellow-legged Gull. (Ian Hull). Other birds included two Mute Swans, 90 Greylags, 34 Canada Geese, 1450 Wigeon, nine Gadwalls, 600 Teal, 50 Mallards, 240 Pintails, 170+ Shovelers, nine Tufted Ducks, a Pochard, a Peregrine, 60 Lapwings, three Great Black-backed Gulls, a Mistle Thrush singing, 20 Fieldfares, a Blackcap calling from the mistletoe and five Bullfinches. (Mike Smart/Jeremy Holland).

Lassington Woods    Four Buzzards circling, a hunting Kestrel, 15+ Goldfinches, 11+ Long-tailed Tits, a Raven and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers calling. (Clare McLeod).

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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