Saturday 19th February 2022

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. (Mike Davis/Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Glossy Ibis by Dave Abrams

WWT Slimbridge     From the Estuary Tower at 8:30am a Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the Dumbles edge, three Snow Geese, a Ross’s Goose, eight Grey Herons, 81 Curlews, 15 Golden Plovers, two Oystercatchers, a female Marsh Harrier, two Peregrines, two Buzzards and a Cetti’s Warbler calling. 90 White-fronted Geese to the N of the Estuary Tower behind the hedge and a Little Egret. On the Rushy 20 Redshanks, an Avocet, a drake Mandarin and a Black Swan. On South Lake 15+ Knot, c300 Black-tailed Godwits, 40+ Avocets, 75+ Lapwings, a Snipe, a Dunlin, male and female Goldeneyes, a Great Crested Grebe and nine Cormorants. (MK). A Great White Egret from Hogarth hide. (Dot Jones).

Mandarin by Mike King

Black Swan by Mike King

Sharpness     High tide at the picnic site a Common Sandpiper, four Oystercatchers, two Redshanks, three Reed Buntings and at least one Rock Pipit with Meadow Pipits. (Paul Masters/Mark Hobson).

Halmore     Garden birds this morning included the first Lesser Redpoll of the winter, three Greenfinches, four Chaffinches, 11 Goldfinches, a Coal Tit, four Long-Tailed Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker. (Chris Newton).

Lesser Redpoll by Chris Newton

Forest of Dean     At Viney Hill three Bullfinches (1m, 2f) in the garden feeding on Forsythia buds. (John Lewis).

Stonehouse     The Kingfisher back at the Ocean briefly. A Green Woodpecker calling and a male Kestrel at Stanley Downton this afternoon. (Paul Sutton).

Kingfisher by Paul Sutton

Ashleworth Ham     WeBS count this morning four Mute Swans, 63 Greylags, 30 Canada Geese, 165 Wigeon, 14 Gadwalls, 175 Teal, 41 Mallards, 20 Pintails, seven Shovelers, two Tufted Ducks, a Little Grebe, a Cormorant, a Snipe, a Jack Snipe, a Curlew, a singing Skylark, a Meadow Pipit, 80 Fieldfares, ten Carrion Crows and two singing Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     WeBS count this morning birds included nine Coots, eight Moorhens, two Greylags, 20 Canada Geese, 28 Mallards, 100 Pintails, 63 Shovelers, eight Tufted Ducks, 520 Wigeon, 345 Teal, four Gadwalls, a Curlew, two Dunlins, four Lapwings, six Mute Swans, four Cormorants and a Peregrine. (David Anderson).

Chavenage Lane     480+ Fieldfares and two Red Kites, also male Pheasant possibly hybridised with a Reeves Pheasant. (Terry Grant).

Pheasant hybrid by Terry Grant

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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