Wednesday 19th January 2022

Sharpness     A male and a female BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road. 21 Cormorants on the pier. (Geoff Moyser).

Berkeley shore     North of the power station a male and a female Stonechat, six Reed Buntings, a Rock Pipit and a Greenfinch. (Geoff Moyser).

WWT Slimbridge     Early morning from the Estuary Tower three Snow Geese, the Ross’s Goose, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine. (Steve Brown). A Merlin from Van de Bovenkamp hide and a BITTERN from Zeiss hide. (Martin McGill).

Slimbridge     At Shepherds Patch the GLOSSY IBIS again 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. (Neil Smart).

Longney     A Tawny Owl flew across the road and landed in tree at Yew Tree Farm this evening. (Mark Hobson).

Fairford    Grey Partridges still at Farhill Farm in the stubble field at SP16651 02363, hard to count hunkered down in the stubble. (Paul Masters).

Calmsden    1000 Lapwings and 250 Golden Plovers at the Piggery. (Duncan Dine). c300 Golden Plovers circling between Fosse Cross and Coln Rogers early afternoon. (Jon Mercer).

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park a garden Great Spotted Woodpecker. A Peregrine on the west elevation of Christchurch. (Steve Brown).

Brockeridge Common     A Red Kite, a Jay, four Stonechats and three Mistle Thrushes today. (Les Ditchburn).

Tewkesbury     At Cowfield Farm at 4:30pm a Water Rail and a pre-roost flock of 50+ Greenfinches panicked by a very vocal Kestrel. A Little Egret flew over flood alleviation area adjacent to Morrison’s early afternoon. (Les Ditchburn).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon birds included 23 Snipe, 735 Lapwings, 55 Pintails, 27 Shovelers, 200+ Wigeon, 240+ Teal, two Gadwalls, a Shelduck, 57 Canada Geese, 107 Greylags, three Grey Herons, three Moorhens, a Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, a Raven, a Song Thrush and four Chaffinches. (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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