Wednesday 5th January 2022

Slimbridge     At Shepherds Patch the GLOSSY IBIS continues to show very well by the Dutch barn next to the canal at SO 72740 04303. Please park sensibly roadside or in the free car park before the bridge SO 72895 04128. (MK/Terry Grant/Mike Beer/Geoff Bryant/Paul Sutton).  The Peregrine on Slimbridge church again today. (Paul Sutton).

Glossy Ibis by Mike King

Peregrine by Paul Sutton

Salperton    Along the minor road from the A436 to Salperton a ring-tailed HEN HARRIER hunting at 8:40am then drifted towards Naunton, also a Buzzard, a Red
Kite and two Ravens. (Steve Brown).

Hazleton     30+ Bramblings and a Corn Bunting with Chaffinches at the bend in the road by the gate. (Steve Brown).

Sharpness     A male BLACK REDSTART still along Dock Road at midday. (Rob Clipson).

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. (Les Ditchburn).

Stonehouse     A very showy Kingfisher at the Ocean again today at SO 79791 05049. (Ty & Carol Mein).

Kingfisher by Ty Mein

WWT Slimbridge     The SPOONBILL was pushed onto the Dumbles edge by the rising tide. The Ross’s Goose on the Dumbles. An OTTER seen briefly on the pool to the left as you enter South Finger. (MK).

Ross’s Goose by Mike King

Framilode     A putative Viking Gull (Herring x Glaucous) on the River Severn this evening. (Martin McGill/Duerden Cormack).

Frampton     On the flashes an adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose, ten Shelducks, 41 Curlews, and six Redshanks roosting and a Peregrine and a Grey Plover in flight at Splatt over the high tide. (Martin McGill). A male Goosander flew along the canal at Splatt Bridge and then turned NE over the village at 11:55 am. At Court Lake there were large rafts of duck of at least seven different species, including a male Goldeneye. The Tawny Owl was in its usual roosting place in the large Beech. (Terry Grant).

Forest of Dean     Today seven Goosanders (2m, 5f) on Cannop ponds, also 23 Mandarins, 17 Wigeon, nine Little Grebes, a Goshawk over and a Goldcrest. At Parkend 15+ Redwings, a male Bullfinch and c6 Hawfinches at Crown Lane. (Martin Price/Steve Kear).

Ashleworth Ham     A White-fronted Goose today. (Ian Hull).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Four White-fronted Geese and two Little Owls this afternoon. (Ian Ralphs).

Hasfield     A Woodcock flushed from Hasfield Churchyard today. (Ian Hull).

Cirencester    Early morning on the Sapperton side of Oakley Wood c30 Bramblings and c30 Chaffinches with a few Siskins, a Goldcrest and two Buzzards. (Richard Williams).

Minchinhampton     A flock of Golden Plovers on the Common this morning by the Reservoir off of Culver Hill. (Jamie Warren).

Gloucester     A male Blackcap in the garden at Hempsted today. (Gord Avery).

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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