Sunday 16th January 2022

Forest of Dean     Around Woorgreens 8+ Crossbills, 15+ Siskins, two Stonechats, a Jay, a  Mistle Thrush, two Goldcrests, a Green Woodpecker heard and a Raven. At Cannop Ponds four Goosanders, a Marsh Tit, Coal Tits, a Nuthatch, a Grey Wagtail, a Kingfisher, two Greylags, Chaffinches and Mandarins. A Peregrine over Parkend Church. (Sara Baldwin). A Crossbill at Edge Hills today. (Owen Follis).

Crossbills by Sara Baldwin

Marsh Tit by Sara Baldwin

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 131 a female Marsh Harrier and c500 Teal. At Kempsford sewage works 15+ Chiffchaffs including a cold grey bird showing all the characteristics of Siberian Chiffchaff. (Duncan Dine).

Sharpness     The male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road today. Also a female/immature BLACK REDSTART this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Gloucester     The male BLACK REDSTART still showing well on the Cathedral early afternoon. (Mark Hobson).

WWT Slimbridge    A Merlin in the dead trees along the waterway from the Kingfisher hide early afternoon. (Howard Smith). Also today an adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the edge of the saltmarsh from Estuary Tower, 172 Russian White-fronted Geese and three Greenland White-fronted Geese from Van de Bovenkamp hide, a pair of Goldeneyes on Big Pen and a Great White Egret around the grounds today. (Mike Davis).

Cirencester     A Woodcock flushed from a bracken and bramble area in Oakley Wood, Cirencester Park today.  Also Bramblings and Siskins in the area. (Martin Wright).

Whittington     A male Merlin on the hill above Whittington in the small quarry at 2:30pm. (Jeremy Squire).

Boddington     A Merlin over this morning. (Jeremy Squire).

Moreton Valence     A Barn Owl at 5:30pm halfway down Castle Lane. (Jeremy Squire).

Frampton    Two Bramblings with 10+Siskins in the Gravel Wash today. (Nick Goatman).

Gloucester     A pair of Blackcaps feeding in the garden today and a first-winter male Sparrowhawk. (Gordon Avery).

Cheltenham    Two Lesser Redpolls on the sunflower seed feeder in the garden this morning. (Rose Lennard). A Kingfisher this morning at Pittville Park. (Phil Cull).

Bisley     Late afternoon 150+ Redwings feeding on the fields and congregating in the treetops. (John Fletcher).

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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