Sunday 9th January 2022

Wainlode Hill, Norton     Two Whooper Swans and six Bewick’s Swans today. (Jeremy Squire).

Whooper Swans by Duncan Dine

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER on Pit 129 again today. (Les Ditchburn/Neil Smart).

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. (Tim Jukes/Richard Tyler).  At least four Cattle Egrets in fields W of the village today. (Paul Bowdler).

Glossy Ibis by Richard Tyler

WWT Slimbridge    A Dark-bellied Brent Goose and a Ross’s Goose on the Dumbles. A Great White Egret on the Canoe trail at 10:25am. The SPOONBILL around the grounds again today. 14 Ruff on the Tack Piece and a pair of Buzzards on a carcase. A Cetti’s Warbler calling at Willow hide. An Avocet on the Rushy and 12 Avocets on South Lake. (Tim Jukes/Mike Davis/MK).

Great White Egret by Mike King

Frampton     At Splatt Bridge first thing three Stonechats, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Merlin and  24 Golden Plover S and a Marsh Harrier. (Gordon Hodgson).

Saul Warth     At Hock Ditch a pair of Stonechats, a Common Sandpiper, a Little Owl, Goldfinches, Fieldfares and Redwings. (Mike Davis).

Cotswold Water Park West     Two SCAUP on Pit 43/65 viewed from the dirt road leading to Pit 57 on the Lower Mill Estate again today. Also a female Goosander. Another female Goosander on Pit 44 with Red Crested Pochards. Two male Goosanders on Pit 42 and flocks of Siskins in alder trees. (Sam Walker/Colin Greenfield).

Stonehouse     A very showy Kingfisher at the Ocean again today at SO 79791 05049. (Jonathan Bull/Paul Sutton). Three Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, c20 Goldfinches and two Jays at Ryeford. A female Kingfisher and a Little Grebe at St Cyr’s church. (Paul Sutton).

Cotswolds    71 Grey Partridges counted in the Calmsden-Bibury-Barnsley triangle. (Keith Jennings).

Forest of Dean     At Cannop Ponds top pond birds included c40 Mallards, two Mute Swans, c20 Coots, c15 Moorhens, four Little Grebes, five Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 14 Wigeon (8m, 6f). On Lower pond by the Stoneworks a Kingfisher over the sluice, c12 Chaffinches and a pair of Buzzards overhead. (Christine Mora). A mixed flock of male and female Crossbills on a track between Speech House and New Fancy View car park feeding in the tops of Larch trees. (Mark Watkins).

Crossbill by Mark Watkins

Ashleworth Ham     This morning c200 Wigeon, 300 Teal, four Gadwalls, 100 Mallards, at least five Pintails, ten Shovelers, c100 Greylags grazing at Colways Farm and a White-fronted Goose, a Peregrine, a Buzzard, a male Stonechat, c80 Redwings and 20 Fieldfares. Also three OTTERS on the reserve. (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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