Wednesday 23rd 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. (Dave Abrams/Merv Carlyon/Jon Dexter/Roger Wasley). Eight Cattle Egrets in the left roadside field just before Slimbridge village coming from WWT at 10am. (MK). Two Little Grebes on the River Cam by the pumping station. (Dave Abrams).

Glossy Ibis by Merv Carlyon

Glossy Ibis by Roger Wasley

Glossy Ibis by Dave Abrams

Forest of Dean     A Hawfinch and a male Brambling at Parkend Church today. (Merv Carlyon/John Salmon). A Woodcock flushed at Mitcheldean Meend. Around Wigpool Common two Crossbills and four Siskins over and a Muntjac. (Paul Masters). At New Fancy View four Goshawks, three Buzzards, a Peregrine, two Ravens and a pair of Bullfinches. At Parkend a Mistle Thrush. On Cannop top pond four Little Grebes, five Goosanders (1m, 4f) and on the bottom pond three Goosanders (1m, 2f) and a Grey Wagtail. (Martin Price). At Fountain Inn, Parkend a Dipper on the stream. (John Salmon).

Brambling by Merv Carlyon

Berkeley shore     A Common Sandpiper in the Pill, a Jack Snipe behind the sea wall by the Pill, three Stonechats and 11 Oystercatchers feeding on the saltmarsh. (Geoff Moyser).

WWT Slimbridge   From the Zeiss and Van de Bovenkamp hides birds included a Red Kite, 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, 20+ Knot, 200+ Golden Plovers, 500+ Lapwings, 32+ Avocets, a Little Stint, two Snipe and a Little Egret. (Chris Newton/Jon Dexter). Male and female Peregrine, the Ross’s Goose and three Snow Geese on the Dumbles. Two Great White Egrets on the Tack Piece and two PINK-FOOTED GEESE with 180+ White-fronted Geese. (Jon Dexter/Ian Hull/MK).

Chavenage Lane     Two Red Kites, 9+ Buzzards, a female Goshawk, 1800+ Starlings, 600+ Fieldfares, 40+ Redwings, 70+ Chaffinches, 50+ Linnets and a Brambling today. (Terry Grant).

Cherington    At Cherington Lake and in the surrounding area early afternoon a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, two Buzzards and below the lake at two Dippers. (John Fletcher).

Dipper by John Fletcher

Gloucester     A summer-plumaged sinensis Cormorant at 1:15pm at Walham Pond by the by-pass at SO829201. (Gord Avery/Andy Jayne).

Cheltenham     On Pittville boating lake a Common Gull and a male Great Crested Grebe. The male Kingfisher is not showing very much at all and may have moved on. Lots of small bird activity in the park with regular sightings of Blackcap, Wren, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Jay. (Alan McIlquham).

Hartpury     A white Pheasant near Hartpury church today. (Alan Hooper).

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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