Saturday 5th February 2022

Pillhouse Rocks, Tidenham     A WATER PIPIT 200 yards downriver from Sturch Pill at ST 56745 95026 again today. Also three Rock Pipits. (Richard Tyler).

Water Pipit by Richard Tyler

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge this morning 91 Curlews, five Redshanks, 14 Golden Plovers flew S, also two Stonechats, seven Mandarins flew up the canal and two Egyptian Geese flew over towards Court Lake. (Gordon Hodgson).

Fretherne to Arlingham     Along the Severn Way this morning two Peregrines on and around the tallest electricity pylons near Arlingham at SO 70740 09844, two Stonechats there, 50+ Curlews flying between the river mudflats and fields at SO 71234 09833 and a Common Sandpiper at SO 72127 09367. Also a Kingfisher flew along the Hock Ditch. (Jon Dexter).

Common Sandpiper by Jon Dexter

WWT Slimbridge     A Great White Egret and an adult SPOONBILL from Van de Bovenkamp hide this morning. Nine Avocets on South Lake.  (Dot Jones/Jeanne Vitkovskis/Mike Davis).

Cotswold Water Park East    On Pit 132 three Green Sandpipers, five Pintails, 400 Lapwings, 250 Golden Plovers and 80 Teal. (Ian Sherriffs). 105 Tufted Ducks and 19 Great Crested Grebes on Pit 125 and eight Goosanders on Pit 126. (Ian Ralphs).

Stanley Downton     Two Buzzards, a female Stonechat, a Kingfisher flushed from a water filled ditch near the sewage works, a Green Woodpecker, three Cormorants on pylons and a Cormorant on the canal near the Ocean bridge. (Paul Sutton).

Maisemore     Birds today at Court Lake included two Mallards, six Moorhens, a Coot, two Mute Swans and 36 Fieldfares. (John Fletcher).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three Mute Swans, two Greylags, six Shelducks, 192 Wigeon, 300 Teal, a Gadwall, 30 Mallards, 11 Pintails, four Shovelers, two Tufted Ducks, a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, two Coots, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Meadow Pipits, a Skylark, two Fieldfares and at least three Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Twyning     At Upham Meadows 35 Greylags, 135 Canada Geese, a Grey Heron, 30 Mallards, three Oystercatchers, 28 Carrion Crows and 60 Rooks feeding on the meadow. (Mike Smart).

Cheltenham    At Naunton Park garden male and female Siskins for 4 days (singing heard) and wintering male and female Blackcaps.  Nearby 2 Ravens seen at a traditional nest site and two others noisy and high N over Cheltenham. (David & Judy Anderson, Kim & Steve Brown). A Greenfinch singing at Leckhampton village hall. (Steve Brown).

Dursley     A Grey Wagtail at Water Street today. (Geoff Moyser).

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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