Saturday 26th February 2022

Highnam     A WOODLARK by the footpath from Highnam Court to Highnam Woods today. Also in the area a Peregrine, a Kestrel, two Green Woodpeckers, 80 Fieldfares, a Stonechat and 90 Snipe. (Andy Jayne).

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. (Ian Ralphs).

Forest of Dean     At least three Goshawks displaying distantly from New Fancy View, also a male and female Crossbill, a Red Kite, four Ravens, two Sparrowhawks, many Siskins and eight Buzzards. A female Hawfinch, six Bramblings with Chaffinches, two Nuthatches, a male Siskin and two Jays at St Pauls Church, Parkend. At Lydney 27 Chaffinches, two Linnets and four Redwings. At Parkend ten Siskins. (Tim Jukes/Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Pink-footed Geese, 195 White-fronted Geese, two Greenland White-fronted Geese, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, the Ross’s Goose, three Snow Geese and a Marsh Harrier all still on site today. (Ian Ralphs/Morag Hughes/Helen Bojaniwska).

Frampton Pools     A pair of Oystercatchers on Court field, singing Skylark, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Robin and two male Greenfinches displaying. (Nick Goatman).

Whitminster    At 8:30am c15 Yellowhammers in a hedge to the back of the village close to Packthorne Farm. c6 Skylarks singing. (Tanya Allen).

Leckhampton Hill     This morning c400 Golden Plovers at Hartley Farm. (Duncan Dine).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A MEDITERRANEAN GULL amongst the Black-headed Gulls on the northernmost pit, a pair of Oystercatchers flying into the north pits and a Cetti’s Warbler heard on the south pit. (Andy Lewis & Dursley BWPS).

Nailsworth     This afternoon on the cycle track behind Dunkirk Mills four Lesser Redpolls and a Goldcrest singing. Also a Little Egret near to Egypt Mill. A Grey Wagtail and two Little Grebes on Ruskin Mill lakes and a Tawny Owl calling from the woodland edge. A pair of Marsh Tits in hazels, two Buzzards and a Peregrine over. At Theescombe Lane, Amberley a pair of Greenfinches on feeders. (Phil Williams).

Coombe Hill Meadows     The site is inaccessible via the canal towpath, but could be approached from the Apperley side. Birds included 140 Wigeon, many Teal calling from the flooded hedge bottoms, 20 Pintails, seven Shoveler, a pair of Oystercatchers, four Curlews, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming, 200 Redwings and at least five Yellowhammers on stubble fields. (Mike Smart).

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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