Saturday 15th January 2022

Stonehouse    The regular Kingfisher at the Ocean again today at SO 79791 05049. Park beside St Cyr’s church in Church Lane and walk W through the church grounds a couple of 100 yards to the bridge. (Paul Sutton/MK).

Kingfisher by Mike King

Cheltenham    A pair of Peregrines on Christ Church tower from 11:40am until at least 1:40pm today.  Also at least two Blackcaps singing in the trees along the Honeybourne Line from Malvern Road to Millennium Bridge. (John Bromley).

Frampton     The regular roosting Tawny Owl in Court field behind Fitcherbury Cottage. (Paul Watkins). 18 Golden Plover over and three Stonechats in the reedbed at Splatt Bridge this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Tawny Owl by Paul Watkins

Longney     At Crib sands and meadows late afternoon birds included 75 Lapwings, three Shelducks, 11 Mallards, three Cormorants, 150+ Black-headed Gulls, 50+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, three Herring Gulls, six Common Gulls, two Ravens, a Song Thrush, a male Blackcap, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, ten Goldfinches and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Fretherne to Arlingham     This morning along the Severn Way 70+ Curlews in three flocks, two Peregrines on a pylon, three Stonechats, 18 Lapwings, 14 Shelducks, a Goldcrest and a Little Egret. (Jon Dexter).

Daglingworth area    A male Merlin on a ploughed field on the N side of Overley road then flew W. Also five Fallow Deer here. On the opposite side of the road at Daglingworth quarry, 16 Corn Buntings. Bramblings in tree tops amongst Chaffinches and Linnets around the Bathurst estate/Oakley wood. (Sam Walker).

Gloucester     The male BLACK REDSTART still showing well on the Cathedral today. (Sam Walker/Andy Jayne). Also a Kingfisher at Glos University Oxstalls campus. (Andy Jayne).

WWT Slimbridge    A Water Rail from Knott hide and a male Mandarin on the Rushy. (Martin Price). Ten Cattle Egrets flew out of the roost early, a male Goldeneye on South Lake, a Marsh Harrier from Zeiss hide, a Merlin on the estuary, a Kingfisher and a Water Rail from Kingfisher hide. A Barn Owl hunting along the sea wall just before closing time. (Helen Bojaniwska/Dot Jones/Jeanne Vitkovskis).

Elton     c50 Lapwings on fields near Elton Corner/Elton Carp Lakes today. (Gareth Jones).

Coombe Hill Meadows    11 Gadwalls, 19 Shelducks, 1000+ Teal, two Cetti’s Warblers, a Chiffchaff and a Blackcap this morning. (Ian Ralphs).

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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