Saturday 5th March 2022

Cotswold Water Park West     A 3rd winter CASPIAN GULL at Pit 16 this evening. (Richard Hearn).

Caspian Gull by Richard Hearn

Forest of Dean    6+Bramblings and a female Hawfinch at Parkend this morning. (Ewan Urquhart).

Hawfinch by Ewan Urquhart

Brambling by Ewan Urquhart

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. (Julie Loxley/Jeanne Vitkovskis).

WWT Slimbridge    This morning 98+ White-fronted Geese, the Ross’s Goose, three Snow Geese, a Marsh Harrier, a Little Stint, 72 Curlews, four Oystercatchers, 80+ Golden Plovers, 100+ Dunlins, 13 Great Black-backed Gulls and four Common Cranes. (Neil Smart). On South Lake male and female Goldeneye,147 Black-tailed Godwits, 51 Avocets  and 15 Common Gulls. (Jeanne Vitkovskis).

Cotswold Water Park West    Two drake SCAUP still on Pit 65 this morning. (Ian Ralphs).

Aylburton     This morning in the woods between upper and lower common four Lesser Redpolls, a large flock of 40+ finches, mostly Goldfinches with a few male and female Chaffinches, a Nuthatch, four Wrens, a FIRECREST, two female Bullfinches, two Redwings, a Song Thrush, two Buzzards and a mixed flock of 30+ tits including Blue Tits, Great Tits , Long-tailed Tits and two Coal Tits. (John Meadows).

Frampton     This morning at Splatt Bridge, 74 Curlews, some heading out N, four Oystercatchers, a Dunlin and eight Redshanks, two Chiffchaffs looked new in, five Black-tailed Godwits and a Brambling and 27 Siskins through. (Gordon Hodgson).

Saul Warth     This morning at high tide, 45 Curlews, 20 Dunlins, three Little Egrets, six Shelducks, a Kestrel, five Meadow Pipits, two male Reed Buntings, a Chiffchaff and two Common Cranes flew into the 100-Acre. (MK).

Cam     This afternoon a Goshawk drifting very high N over Tesco. (Jonathan Bull).

Coombe Hill Meadows     The car park now free of water, but the towpath completely submerged, so access to Grundon hide impossible and will remain so for some time. Viewed from the Apperley side to the N birds included a Mute Swan, two Greylags, five Canada Geese, a Shelduck, 170 Wigeon, 60 Teal, ten Mallards, 270+ Pintails, 40 Shovelers, a Pochard, two Tufted Ducks, four Lapwings, 200 Fieldfares, 100 Redwings and 100 Starlings. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth/Hasfield Hams     Usual approach from Ham Road impossible, so viewed from the Severn flood bank from Haw Bridge. Birds included three Mute Swans, 83 Wigeon, 20 Teal, ten Mallards, 500 Black-headed Gulls, 50 Carrion Crows and 20 Jackdaws. Nearby at Haw Bridge East a Curlew and at Norton Hill five soaring and calling Buzzards and at least one Raven. (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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