Friday 21st January 2022

Forest of Dean     At least 19 Hawfinches at Parkend today. (Ewan Urquhart).

Hawfinch by Ewan Urquhart

WWT Slimbridge    From the Estuary Tower three Snow Geese, the Ross’s Goose and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose and the Todd’s Canada Goose. A Little Stint on the Tack Piece. 50 White-fronted Goose and three Greenland White-fronted Geese, a female Marsh Harrier from the Van de Bovenkamp and the BITTERN reported. Five Snipe from Martin Smith hide. (Tim Jukes/Dot Jones/Alan McIlquham). Three wild Goldeneyes (2m, 1f) on the Eider Pen. (Jonathan Bull).

Snipe by Alan McIlquham

Frampton-Slimbridge    From Splatt Bridge to Slimbridge along the canal a Buzzard, two Great White Egrets, three Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, two Common Cranes, a Snipe, two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Kingfisher, a Marsh Harrier and numerous Fieldfares and Redwings. (Martin Price).

Coombe Hill Meadows    26 Mute Swans, c20 Canada Geese, c2000 Wigeon, 2400 Teal, five Gadwalls, 180 Mallards, 30 Pintails, 70 Shovelers, a Grey Heron, a Water Rail, 49 Coots, 435 Lapwings, a Snipe, 30 Pied Wagtails and a Blackcap feeding on mistletoe. (Mike Smart).

Cheltenham     At Park Campus the Mandarin, a Jay, a Green Woodpecker, a Nuthatch and a small number of Long-tailed Tits. At Naunton Park, male and female Blackcap and three Redwings. (Steve Brown).

Gloucester     In the landfill site area today three Mute Swans, a female and two yearlings on the river, 25 Mallards, three Cormorants, a Grey Heron, two Buzzards, a Woodcock, a Green Woodpecker, a Kestrel, 150 Starlings, 60 Fieldfares, a pair of Stonechats and a female Reed Bunting. (Gordon Avery).

Claypits     At least 60 Lapwings in a field at SO 76077 05369 between Hilltop Garage and New House Farm (left hand side of A38 southbound) today. (Jamie Warren/Donna Cook).

Dursley     A Little Egret flew up the River Cam towards Littlecombe this morning, a daily occurrence. (Magnus Carter).

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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