Saturday 29th January 2022

Bourton-on-the-Water     At 11:20am a GREAT NORTHERN DIVER at SP179200, on the south easternmost lake to the NE of the Rissington Road. Park in the muddy layby just to the NW of bridge over the River Dikler but avoid parking in front of the Thames Water treatment building. (Fraser Morphew).

WWT Slimbridge    Three PINK-FOOTED GEESE (2 ads, 1 juv) today initially from Van de Bovenkamp hide and later from Zeiss hide. On the Dumbles three Snow Geese, the Ross’s Goose and ten Common Cranes, one unringed. An Oystercatcher on the Rushy. Three Greenland White-fronted Geese and a Great White Egret on the Tack Piece. Four Avocets, a female Goldeneye and a female Marsh Harrier on a kill on South Lake. (Dot Jones/Helen Bojaniwska/Jeanne Vitkovskis/Jon Dexter/MK).

Snow Geese by Mike King

Common Cranes by Mike King

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. (Dot Jones). The Peregrine on Slimbridge church again today at 11am and 4pm. (Jon Dexter).

Sharpness     A female/immature BLACK REDSTART at the Dockers Club this afternoon. (Andy Jordan).

Gloucester     A male BLACK REDSTART on the Cathedral again today. (Colin Edwards).

Down Hatherley     In a crop field minimum counts of 300 Linnets, 50 Chaffinches, 60 Yellowhammers, 12 Reed Buntings, four Snipe and a female Sparrowhawk hunting. Also an immature Goshawk nearby in Barrow Wood. (Andy Jayne).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Five WHOOPER SWANS flushed by walkers and flew off S. Also a Little Egret. (David Benton). Also a pair of Shelducks, an Oystercatcher and Great White Egret early morning. (Ian Ralphs). Also today two Mute Swans, 40 Greylags, two Canada Geese, 470 Wigeon, 350 Teal, 35 Mallards, 15 Pintails, 18 Shovelers, five Tufted Ducks, three Grey Herons, two Coots, 26 Lapwings, a Snipe, two Great Black-backed Gulls, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, three Common Gulls, 95 Black-headed Gulls, 35 Pied Wagtails, a pair of Stonechats, 40 Fieldfares, 40 Redwings, three Song Thrushes singing and five Bullfinches. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Upper Pond 12 Wigeon this morning, also eight Tufted Ducks, four Little Grebes and at the bird table two Marsh Tits and a Nuthatch. (Chris Keeling). Eight Goosanders on Woorgreens lake today. (Terry Stevenson).

Hazleton     50+ Bramblings feeding on grain along the lane to Hazleton where the bend in road is at 90 degrees. Several Chaffinches, Great Tits and Goldfinches amongst them. Nearby a Stonechat at Hawling and several Red Kites in the area. (Alan McIlquham).

Aylburton    This afternoon along Sandford Road a male Goshawk, 60-70 Bramblings and a Stock Dove. (Jonny Gentle).

Alvington    A Red Kite drifted over Clanna Country Park early afternoon heading W. (Paul Woolams).

Southam     A Buzzard and ten Magpies coming to a chicken carcass in the garden. (Graham Ruffles).

Buzzard & Magpies by Graham Ruffles

Edge     At Rudge Hill N.N.R. this afternoon birds included two Bullfinches, two Nuthatches, a Chiffchaff, five Chaffinches, three Long-tailed Tits, nine Great Tits and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

Frampton     Male and female Bullfinch at the Sailing Lake today. (Justin Collinge).

Male Bullfinch by Justin Collinge

Female Bullfinch by Justin Collinge

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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