Saturday 22nd January 2022

Forest of Dean     In Russell’s Enclosure this afternoon 50 + Bramblings and a Lesser Redpoll. (Geoff Fawcett).

Brambling by Martin Vaisey

Aylburton Common     Hundreds of Bramblings outnumbering Chaffinches this afternoon. (Martin Vaisey).

WWT Slimbridge     The BITTERN from the Van de Bovenkamp hide today again. (Greg & Tom Mabbett/Paul Masters/Dot Jones). On the Tack Piece a Little Stint, 172 White-fronted Geese including three Greenland White-fronted Geese. On the Dumbles three Snow and the Ross’s Goose, all of unknown origin. Just outside Slimbridge village seven  Cattle Egrets in a field with gulls by the sharp bend in the road. (Roo Perkins).

Stonehouse    The regular Kingfisher at the Ocean again at 8:30am 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. (Roo Perkins).

Cotswold Water Park West    Two GREATER SCAUP and a Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser hybrid still on Pits 43/65 and a few Goosanders. (Mark Gurney).

Calmsden     At least five Grey Partridges this morning. (Paul Rich).

Frampton     A Merlin harassing the Meadow Pipits at Splatt Bridge early morning today, 20 Curlews and a Redshank on the flash, 83 Golden Plovers through, four Bramblings over NW and two Stonechats. (Gordon Hodgson). This afternoon two Marsh Harriers from
Splatt Bridge and a Little Owl at the church. (Paul Sutton/Mark Hobson).

Ashleworth Ham    WeBS count today birds included 150 Greylags, 150 Canada Geese, 605 Wigeon, a Gadwall, 1220 Teal, 50 Mallards, 55 Pintails, 105 Shovelers, two Grey Herons, 130 Lapwings, 40 Snipe, a Stonechat and a Chiffchaff. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows    WeBS count today birds included four Teal, three Mallards and a Grey Heron. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows    WeBS count today birds included 12 Mute Swans, three Teal, a Buzzard, a Grey Wagtail and five Fieldfares. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows    WeBS count today birds included 32 Mute Swans, 87 Canada Geese, a Greylag, 61 Mallards, 46 Pintails, 56 Shovelers, 2400 Wigeon, ten Gadwalls, 2100 Teal, four Shelducks, 230 Lapwings, a Snipe, 49 Coots, 56 Black-headed Gulls, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 290 Herring Gulls. Also two Water Rails, three Cetti’s Warblers, a Chiffchaff, three Blackcaps and a Barn Owl flew across the reserve at 12:05pm flushed from the spinney at the back by the hunt. (Ian Ralphs/David Anderson).

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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