Tuesday 4th January 2022

Gloucester     The male BLACK REDSTART still on the south side of the Cathedral at midday. (Paul Masters).

Cotswold Water Park West     An adult and an immature male SCAUP on Pit 43 viewed from the dirt road leading to Pit 57 on the Lower Mill Estate again this morning. (Mark Dowie).

Cotswold Water Park East     13 Goosander at Whelford Pools, five Chiffchaffs at Kempsford Sewage Works and two Green Sandpipers and a Great White Egret at Pit 132. (Ian Sherriffs).

WWT Slimbridge     Four PINK-FOOTED GEESE arrived on the Dumbles early afternoon. The GLOSSY IBIS still by the canal, a BITTERN briefly at South Finger and four Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the riverbank. (Jonathan Bull/Dot Jones/Mark Hobson).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Two adult pairs of Mute Swans in vicious territorial fight, a family party of six Bewick’s Swans, two adults and four cygnets, six adult Russian White-fronted Geese, 300 Greylags, 300 Canada Geese, three Shelducks, at least 1000 Wigeon, ten Gadwalls, at least 1000 Teal, 50 Mallards, at least 155 Pintails, at least 100 Shovelers, seven Tufted Ducks, 20 Lapwings, a Great Black-backed Gull, a Mistle Thrush singing, 100 Fieldfares and two Blackcaps. (Mike Smart).

Withington     250 Chaffinches, 150 Yellowhammers, 25 Bramblings, c10 Bullfinches and small numbers of Greenfinches, Linnets, Goldfinches and a Reed Bunting today. (Duncan Dine).

Brambling by Duncan Dine

Frampton     At Splatt Bridge a Curlew, a Kestrel, two Meadow Pipits, 6+ Redwings and a Kingfisher late morning. (MK).

Kingfisher by Mike King 

Saul Warth     Three Ravens, two Meadow Pipits, six Goldfinches and a Kestrel this afternoon. (MK).

Kestrel by Mike King

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park, a patio Grey Wagtail, the 2nd garden record in 35 years, and a small flock of Long-tailed Tits. (Steve Brown).

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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