Friday 14th January 2022

Cotswold Water Park East    A GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 120 Horseshoe Lake from the A361 layby just N of Lechlade at 3:35pm. (Dave Morgan).

Cotswold Water Park West     c60 Red Crested Pochards on Pit 56 today. (Diane Craddock).

WWT Slimbridge     A BITTERN from Kingfisher hide today. (Martin Price). Also today the SPOONBILL, ten Cattle Egrets and the Ross’s Goose. (Tim Jukes).

Forest of Dean     From Brierley to the bottom of Crabtree Hill via Drybrook Station five Crossbills, six Siskins, a Lesser Redpoll, a Treecreeper, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Goldcrests, two Ravens, a Nuthatch, six Coal Tits, a Song Thrush and a Stonechat. (Roy Kinchin).

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park, the first garden Blackcap of the year, a female, and a Jay. At Park Campus two Green Woodpeckers and two Coal Tits. (Steve Brown). A drake Mandarin on the Campus pond. (Jeremy Holland).

Tewkesbury     At Cowfield Farm a Water Rail today. (Les Ditchburn). A male BLACK REDSTART still in private gardens in Northway.

Stanley Downton     A Little Egret, three Greenfinches, a Chiffchaff, small numbers of Chaffinches and Long-tailed Tits, c300 Pied Wagtails with Grey Wagtails, a Kingfisher briefly, a Redwing and a Jay today. (Paul Sutton).

Little Egret by Paul Sutton

Chiffchaff by Paul Sutton

Hawling     Mid morning 100+ Linnets, six Fieldfares, two Redwings, a Yellowhammer, a Red Kite, a Kestrel and a pair of Stonechats. (John Casswell/Jane Bailey).

Calmsden     A small covey of Grey Partridges this afternoon. (Duncan Dine).

Hewelsfield     A Merlin today flying low between the hedges of the road through Hewelsfield. (Martin Vaisey).

Staunton    500-1000 finches, mostly Linnets with some Chaffinches and Bramblings feeding on fields, a good vantage point from the gate at SO 54683 12279. (Clive Mowforth).

Linnets by Clive Mowforth

Hucclecote     A Grey Heron landed next to frozen pond in Portchester Road and then immediately flew off heading SE. (Harold Smith).

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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