Monday 28th February 2022

WWT Slimbridge     On South Lake adult and a second-winter Mediterranean Gulls, 48 Avocets and an immature female Goshawk flew through. (Slimbridge Sightings). A female Merlin from Kingfisher hide. (Ian Hull). 200 White-fronted Geese and two Pink-footed Geese on the sand bank on the Severn off Middle point this morning. The Dark-bellied Brent Goose was on its own feeding on the saltings further south. Also 38 Curlews and three Snow Geese still on the Dumbles. (Neil Smart).

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).

Forest of Dean    At Parkend Church up to ten Bramblings amongst the Chaffinches, a Hawfinch, a male Crossbill, Siskins, Nuthatches, a pair of Jays and a Sparrowhawk. Also five Fallow Deer on the approach. (Mike Davis/Alan Waterman). Five Goosanders at Lower Cannop and 4+ Crossbills at Crabtree Hill. (Mike Davis). A Dipper behind the Fountain Inn and two Bramblings and two Grey Wagtails at  Cannop Ponds bird table. (Bettie Sloane). A male Hawfinch feeding on the ground under cherry trees on Popes Hill today. (Alison Sherwood).

Gloucester      A BLACK REDSTART on the rear of the Cathedral still today. (Jeremy Holland).

Rodley     A family of five Bewick’s Swans and 12 Shelducks at Wilmore and in the Upper Dumball area an Oystercatcher, 12 Curlews, two Jack Snipe, two Snipe, two Stonechats, eight Reed Buntings and a finch flock made up of c250 each of Chaffinches and Linnets, c50 Goldfinches and two Bramblings. (Andy Jayne).

Walmore Common     24 Shelducks, 30 Shovelers, seven Gadwalls, 350 Wigeon, two Pintails and 100+ Teal. Also five Coots, a Black-tailed Godwit, eight Curlews and a Peregrine. (Andy Jayne).

Chavenage Lane area     A Red Kite, a male Goshawk, 250+ Fieldfares, two Stonechats and at nearby Barton End a Red Kite and 150+ Golden Plovers. (Terry Grant).

Nailsworth     A male Brambling and four Blackcaps (2m, 2f) today. (Terry Grant).

Upham Meadow     The meadow is still completely under water, but the level has dropped a bit, and more of the flood bank is now exposed. Birds included six Mute Swans, 120 Canada Geese, two Shelducks, a male Mandarin, 315 Wigeon, nine Gadwalls, five Teal, 11 Pintails, seven Shovelers, a Grey Heron, two Oystercatchers, six Lapwings, 16 Curlews, 50 Black-headed Gulls, ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls and seven Pied Wagtails. (Mike Smart).

Halmore     First Chiffchaff of the year feeding in the garden this morning (Chris Newton).

Gretton     A Lesser Redpoll was a rare and brief garden visitor this morning, four Siskins and a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers visited garden feeders all day long. A male Tawny Owl seen and heard calling at dusk. (Roger Wasley).

Siskin by Roger Wasley

Great Spotted Woodpecker by Roger Wasley

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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