Thursday 3rd March 2022

Slimbridge     Five Cattle Egrets and five Little Egrets in a ploughed field on the last bend before the canal bridge at Shepherd’s Patch, between Kingston Farm and Prices Court Farm this morning. 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).

WWT Slimbridge     From the Estuary Tower the Dark-bellied Brent Goose with 221 Barnacle Geese on rising tide, also the Ross’s Goose, three Snow Geese and 198 White-fronted Geese, two Greenland White-fronted Geese and two Pink-footed Geese. The adult Mediterranean Gull again on South Lake. (Slimbridge Sightings). From Zeiss hide this morning a distant pair of Peregrines on the Dumbles, a female Sparrowhawk briefly on the fence right of the hide and two Water Rails. (Chris Newton).

Cotswold Water Park West     Good numbers of waterfowl, including Tufted Ducks, Wigeon, Mallards, Gadwall and six displaying Goldeneyes on Pit 67. Many Gadwalls, a drake SCAUP, a male Goosander, Canada Geese, Greylags and a pair of Egyptian Geese on Pit 65. A pair of Cetti’s Warblers displaying near the stream. Three Red Crested Pochards on Pit 9. (Jake King).

Harnhill     A Red Kite over today. (Jake King).

Frampton pools     Six Great Crested Grebes, a pair of Oystercatchers on Court Lake, a Chiffchaff singing between the pools, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Jay and two Buzzards. (MK).

Oystercatchers by Mike King

Cheltenham     A Lesser Redpoll, five Goldfinches and a male Blackcap on the sunflower seed feeder in the garden this morning. (Rose Lennard).

Cambridge     A male Sparrowhawk in the garden today. Also Greenfinches calling and a Buzzard over. (Dave Abrams).

Sparrowhawk by Dave Abrams

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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