Tuesday 1st March 2022

Bishops Cleeve     A female BLACK REDSTART in the garden today on Sapphire Road. (Mark Longland).

Frampton     A drake Goosander on the canal at Splatt Bridge early morning, then flew to the estuary. Also a Merlin and a Marsh Harrier hunting. (Roy Widgery).

Forest of Dean     Four Crossbills (2m, 2f), a Goshawk, three Siskins and a Raven at New Fancy View. A Hawfinch, a female Brambling and two Jays at Parkend. 20+ Mandarins, four redhead Goosanders, three Little Grebes, a male Brambling, two Grey Wagtails, four Ravens and a pair of Siskins at Cannop Ponds. (MK).

Jay by Mike King

Highnam Woods     2+ Marsh Tits today. (MK).

Marsh Tit 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. (Jonathan Bull).

Stonehouse    A Green Woodpecker at Stanley Downton. A pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Little Egret in the field below St Cyr’s church. (Paul Sutton).

Green Woodpecker by Paul Sutton

WWT Slimbridge    Eight Cattle Egrets on South Lake this morning. (Slimbridge Sightings). An adult Mediterranean Gull and a male and two female Goldeneyes on South Lake. (Magnus Carter). Two Little Stints, the Dark-bellied Brent Goose, the Greenland Whitefronts and two Pink-footed Geese from Estuary Tower. (Jonathan Bull/Roy Kinchin). The drake Mandarin showed well in the late afternoon on the Rushy. (Nigel Young).

Mandarin by Nigel Young

Cotswold Water Park East     At Whelford Pools 37 Tufted Ducks, 35 Black-headed Gulls, 26 Cormorants, six Shovelers, six Mallards, four Pochards, two Gadwalls and a Cetti’s Warbler. At Pit 127 110 Black-headed Gulls, 16 Red Crested Pochards, 20 Tufted Ducks, five Great Crested Grebes, nine Teal and two Skylarks over. (Ian Sherriffs).

Highnam     From the main road to S of Linton Cottage to the railway line this afternoon 13 Yellowhammers in Brambles at SO80531909, 60+ Linnets in stubble, 25 Fieldfares, seven Redwings, 500+ Woodpigeons, a male Kestrel and on the pond at SO802188 two Mute Swans and 11 Mallards. (John Fletcher).

Minsterworth Ham     11 Shelducks, ten Mallards, ten Pintails, 20 Shovelers, three Grey Herons, two Kestrels, an Oystercatcher, 16 Curlews, 300 Black-headed Gulls, 50 Common Gulls and 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (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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