Sunday 23rd January 2022

Fairford    At least two Grey Partridges still at Farhill Farm in the stubble field at SP16651 02363. Also several Yellowhammers, Red-legged Partridges and a Red Kite. (Karle Burford/David Creber/Steve Brown).

Eastleach Turville     A male Reeves’s Pheasant today at Sheep Bridge at SP19180692. (Martine & Pete Fenn).

Reeves’s Pheasant by Pete Fenn

Cotswold Water Park East    The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still present at Horseshoe Lake, Lechlade early afternoon today. Viewable opposite lay-by on A361. (David Creber).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pits 65/43 the adult male GREATER SCAUP, two redhead Goosanders, c6 Goldeneyes, two male Pintails and Pochards and Gadwalls. Around the Thames three Chiffchaffs, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a few Bullfinches. At Driffield crossroads a Stoat ran into the road. (Steve Brown).

Frampton     A female Merlin N of Splatt flashes this morning, also a Kingfisher, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Little Egret, a Kestrel and two Buzzards. (Paul Masters/Mark Hobson/Andy Chapman). At the pools a pair of Goldeneyes, 193 Shovelers, 58 Wigeon, 110 Tufted Ducks, 48 Gadwalls, two Pochards, 253 Coots, 13 Great Crested Grebes, two Little Grebes, 12 Teal, a Water Rail, 17 Cormorants, three Cetti’s warblers, a Grey Wagtail, 66 Redwings, two Fieldfares and a Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness     A female/immature BLACK REDSTART by gate 1, Navigation House this morning. (Andy Jordan).

WWT Slimbridge     The GLOSSY IBIS flew in to roost on South Lake with a Cattle Egret at dusk. (Slimbridge Sightings). Other highlights today included a Little Stint, an unringed Common Crane, a Mandarin, a Great White Egret, an Oystercatcher, a Marsh Harrier, two Peregrines, an Avocet, two Goldeneyes and three Snow Geese. (Ed Betteridge). The Dark-bellied Brent Goose still today. (Ian Ralphs).

Cassey Compton area     A Tawny Owl hooting at 7:30am next to the old Northleach-Cheltenham road near the A40 junction. (Steve Brown).

Gloucester     Along Bittern Avenue, Abbeydale between 11:30am-12:15pm a Little Egret standing on the grass, flew off towards Fieldfare, seen often this week, two Redwings, 20+ Goldfinches in the trees along the side of the Twyver and five male Blackbirds together. (Lorraine Besent).

Chavenage Lane     450+ Fieldfares, a Red Kite and a flock of 1400+ corvids, most of them Jackdaws. (Terry Grant).

Duntisbourne Leer    A large flock of 200+ finches mainly Bramblings in a tree over the wild seed field along Crabtree Lane, also 100+ Golden Plovers along Jackbarrow Lane. (Dave Soons).

Tewkesbury     On the River Avon, behind Healings Mill/Avon lock, an OTTER showing well down to 10 metres away, fishing. Also a Kingfisher. At Cowfield Farm a Kestrel, a Green Woodpecker, 2+ Water Rails, several Snipe and two Roe Deer. (Les Ditchburn).

Aylburton Warth/Guscar Rocks     WeBS count today birds included two Canada Geese, eight Shelducks, 177 Wigeon, 160 Teal, nine Grey Herons, 80 Golden Plovers, 80 Dunlins, a Turnstone, 36 Redshanks, a Snipe, 540 Curlews and five Black-headed Gulls. (Mike Smart/Barrie Mills).

Woolaston     17 Curlews near the Station this morning. (Gill Claydon).

Forest of Dean    Three Hawfinches at the cricket pitch and one at Parkend church, 8+ Crossbills flying around Crabtree Hill and a Marsh Tit at the Stoneworks. (Dot Jones). Also a pair of Bramblings at the rear of Parkend school. (Thomas Winstone).

A REQUEST: From Jerry Lewis “With the regular sightings of Hawfinches at Parkend, I would be so grateful if birders could look out for colour rings, and post their sightings/photos”. (Or anywhere else in Glos).

Hawfinch by Thomas Winstone

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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