Monday 31st January 2022

Sharpness     A male BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road at 3:45pm then flew to the dry dock area. (Andy Jordan). From Coastguards to Berkeley Pill 40+ Wigeon, 30+ Teal, a Shelduck, 21 Mallards, a Curlew, 12 Redshanks, 12 Dunlins, 127+ Lapwings, 38 Snipe, 27 Cormorants, 20+ Meadow Pipits, two Rock Pipits, three Skylarks, three Reed Buntings and three Stonechats. Also a pair of Peregrines on the tower in the docks. (MK).

Dursley     A FIRECREST in the garden at Woodmancote today. (Peter Cranswick).

Firecrest by Peter Cranswick

Forest of Dean     A Goosander at Cannop Ponds Stoneworks briefly. (Bettie Sloane). This morning at Clearwell, in the Margery Lane area a Raven being mobbed by Crows, two Buzzards, six Linnets and 200/250 Redwings all in one field with sheep. (Alan Waterman). A Red Kite over Blakeney this morning. (Ted Harris).

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of Egyptian Geese still in the last field on the right approaching the Trust often out of sight in the ditch along the hedgerow at 3pm. (MK). On the Bottom New Piece from Kingfisher Hide a pair of PINK-FOOTED GEESE with a juvenile, a pair of adult Greenland White-fronted Geese and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose and the Ross’s Goose still. (Paul Rich/Richard Tyler). Three Water Rails feeding in the open at the Zeiss Hide and the Great White Egret  in front of the Van de Bovenkamp hide. (John Bromley).

Greenland White-fronted Geese by Richard Tyler

Egyptian Geese by Mike King

Great White Egret by John Bromley

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening a Great White Egret, 65 Snipe and 80 Pied Wagtails on the scrapes and a Woodcock on the path near the car park. (Jeremy Squire).

Fairford    This afternoon at Farhill Farm in the scrub field at SP1655102375 two Grey Partridges again. Nearby at Coln St Aldwyn’s a Red Kite above the church being attacked by a Raven. (Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter).

Quedgeley     A Kingfisher between two white bridges at Sims Lane today. (Justin Collinge).

Kingfisher 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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