Sunday 2nd January 2022

Tidenham Chase     The DARTFORD WARBLER still amongst the gorse bushes on the western side of Poor’s Allotment at 10am. It is very elusive and was seen on and of until 1pm but not this afternoon. Also two Firecrests, three Jack Snipe flushed, three Stonechats, a pair and a male, and four Ravens. (Geoff Fawcett/Steve Thorogood/Martin Vaisey/Paul Rich/MK).

Dartford Warbler by finder, Steve Thorogood

Firecrest by Mike King

WWT Slimbridge     The GLOSSY IBIS back in the approach fields just on the reserve side of canal, next to the Dutch barn and right by the road mid-morning. (Jeremy Holland/Andy Jayne). The Ibis was still there just before dusk and nine Cattle Egrets and two Great White Egrets flying over going to roost. (Neil Smart). The immature SPOONBILL on South Lake over the high tide period but returned to the Severn later. Two Little Stints and a Ringed Plover with the Dunlins on the Dumbles and the Marsh Harrier over the Tack Piece. (Martin McGill).

Frampton Pools     This morning included the resident Tawny Owl, three Great Crested Grebes, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, c50 Wigeon, c30 Shovelers, c35 Gadwalls, 22 Tufted Ducks, nine Cormorant, 17 Pied Wagtails, two Mistle Thrushes and a Green Woodpecker. A Sparrowhawk flew over Church End around noon and a Kingfisher was on the brook at the Narles. (Caroline Quinn). Also three Goldeneyes (2m, 1f) and two Little Egrets on Court Lake. (Martin Price). A male Bullfinch and a Siskin at Frampton Court today. (Nigel Young).

Siskin by Nigel Young

Bullfinch by Nigel Young

At Splatt Bridge this morning a Marsh Harrier, a Great White Egret, 4+ Stonechats, two Blackcaps, a Snipe, also 250 Golden Plovers, 30 Wigeon and five Shovelers through S, two Common Cranes flew from Awre to WWT. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cotswold Water Park West     Two drake SCAUP on Pit 43 at 9am. (Nigel Pleass).

Minsterworth     A Barn Owl flew R to L over the A48 at Oakle Street turn at 7:07am. (MK).

Oxenhall     A pair of Wigeon on Oxenhall Lake near Newent this morning. (Tony Eveleigh).

Chalford    A Dipper perched in an overhanging tree above the canal near St Mary’s Mill. (Nikki Smith).

Rendcomb     A Dipper from the bridge. (Steve Brown).

Cockleford     Two Red Kites today. (Steve Brown).

Bagpath     A pair of Red Kites at midday today harassed by Jackdaws. (Mike Fisher).

Cirencester    Today at Oakley Wood a Nuthatch, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, large mixed finch flocks of Chaffinches, Siskins and Bramblings, 4+ Corn Buntings and two Buzzards. (Josh Adamms).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning a Mute Swan, 200 Greylags, 200 Canada Geese, at least 1000 Wigeon and many hundreds of  Teal, 270 Pintails, 140 Shovelers, a Gadwall, four Tufted Ducks, 60 Lapwings, a Great Black-backed Gull and a Stonechat. (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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