Thursday 17th February 2022

WWT Slimbridge    Early morning from the Estuary Tower an adult KITTIWAKE flew S along the Dumbles, landing briefly at 8:43am, three Snow Geese with the Bewick’s Swans and the Ross’s Goose still. A drake Mandarin, an Avocet and the Black Swan on the Rushy. 43 Avocets on South Lake. 35 Redshanks and a Ruff on the Tack Piece. (Martin McGill/MK). Early morning two Little Stints on the Tack Piece. (Martin McGill). An adult and a juvenile KITTIWAKE past Zeiss hide. (Roberta Goodall). Three Cattle Egrets flew over the approach road at 2:30pm. (Paul Clark).

Kittiwake by Mike King

Slimbridge     At Shepherds Patch the GLOSSY IBIS again opposite 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. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Glossy Ibis by Mike King

Forest of Dean    This morning a Dipper at Parkend behind the Fountain Inn, 13 Goosanders (6m, 7f) on the lower pond at Cannop, a Red Kite over Yew Tree Brake and a male Crossbill at Crabtree Hill. (Martin Harrison/John Casswell). 50+ Siskins feeding on alders in Blakeney this morning. (Ted Harris).

Aylburton     75+ Bramblings in the treetops of the woods between New Road and Lower Common but flushed by a Sparrowhawk. (John Meadows).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 132 at lunchtime a Marsh Harrier, two Buzzards, a Kestrel, 2 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 40 Teal, 300 Golden Plover, 150 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 30 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing.

Dursley     Three Red Kites together this afternoon over Ganzell Lane. (Geoff Moyser).

Chavenage Lane area     10+ Stonechats, a Red Kite, five Buzzards, a Kestrel and two Grey Partridges. At nearby Barton End 120+ Fieldfares, a Red Kite and six Buzzards. (Terry Grant).

Nailsworth     A Red Kite extremely low over the garden and at least two Bramblings and two Blackcaps on the feeders. (Terry Grant).

Hucclecote     A Red Kite floating very low above houses late this morning, causing a stir amongst the local birds. (Karen & David Fryatt).

Snowshill     At Snowshill Hill Farm, in Bourne’s Folly two Buzzards, a Great Spotted
Woodpecker, three singing Song Thrushes, two Coal Tits, a small group of Long-tailed Tits and three Roe Deer. In the field immediately to the W 250+ Fieldfares. (Steve Brown).

Overton     This morning nine Skylarks, many singing, a singing Greenfinch, 24 Goldfinches, a Red Kite, 22 Fieldfares, 18 Redwings and 40 Red-legged Partridges. (Paul Masters).

Fretherne    15 Little Egrets in a roadside field this morning. (Martin Price).

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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