Thursday 20th January 2022

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. (Sam Walker/Terry Richer/MK).

Glossy Ibis by Terry Richer

Gloucester     A Kingfisher at Barnwood Arboretum today. (Megan Barnett).

Kingfisher by Megan Barnett

Cheltenham     A male Kingfisher by the Boat House in Pittville Park this afternoon. (Duncan Dine).

Kingfisher by Duncan Dine

Fairford    Grey Partridges still at Farhill Farm in the stubble field at SP16651 02363. 50-70 Yellowhammers in the hedgerow. (Chris Snook).

Grey Partridge by Chris Snook

Frampton     A Merlin perched up at the N end of Splatt flashes at 8:30am. Also a Marsh Harrier, 25 Lapwings S, a Stonechat, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 20 Goldfinches and six Meadow Pipits. (MK).

Merlin by Mike King

WWT Slimbridge     A Merlin from Van de Bovenkamp hide at 12:15pm. A BITTERN in front of the reedy island N of the hide at 12:45pm. Also a Great White Egret, a Snipe, three Snow Geese, a Kingfisher, a Raven and a Water Rail. (MK).

Bittern by Mike King

Merlin by Mike King

Snow Geese by Mike King

Forest of Dean     At Parkend Church a female Hawfinch, a female Crossbill and a female Brambling. (Paul Woolams).

Hawfinch by Paul Woolams

Crossbill by Paul Woolams

Brambling by Paul Woolams

Cirencester     This morning a Peregrine flying away from the tower of St Johns Church. Later a Buzzard on the top of the tower. (David Norman).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow ten Greylags, a Grey Heron, 50 Woodpigeons and seven Carrion Crows. (Mike Smart).

Brockeridge Common     A Woodcock, two Snipe, 1 or 2 Meadow Pipits, a Blackcap in the mistletoe and 2 or 3 Yellowhammers. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     20 Ravens over Woolstone Hill this morning. (Steve Tilley). At Mitton, along the Avon N of Tewkesbury eight Wigeon, three Shovelers, 310 Teal, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 15 Black-headed Gulls and 75 Redwings. (Mike Smart).

Cotswold Water Park East    The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still present at Horseshoe Lake, Lechlade at 2:30pm today. Viewable opposite lay-by on A361. (Roberta Goodall).

Woodchester    Up to 50 Siskins in Woodchester Park by the first lake below the mansion today. Also 70+ Redwings at the Nympsfield entrance to the park. (Paul Skirrow).

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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