Friday 11th March 2022

WWT Slimbridge    Four SAND MARTINS heading N over the Rushy at 10:30am. (Jonathan Bull). 109 Avocets this morning included three ringed in Cleveland, Netherlands and Cambridgeshire. (Tim Jukes).

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).

Frampton pools     Two SAND MARTINS over the Sailing Lake at 11am. Later on four birds. (Neil Smart/Mike Davis). The drake Goosander on the Sailing Lake early afternoon. (Mike Davis). An Egyptian Goose on Court Field (Tanya Allen/Neil Smart/MK). Also two Oystercatchers and 18 Pied Wagtails. Around the pools 78 Tufted Ducks, 18 Shovelers, nine Teal, five Great Crested Grebes, three Little Grebes, three Cetti’s Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, a Redwing and two Siskins in the Gravel Wash. (Neil Smart/MK).

Calmsden    A pair of Grey Partridges this morning. (Mike Powell).

Hazleton     c140 Bramblings and a Corn Bunting today at SP 07440 18716. (Mike Powell).

Hasfield Ham     An adult Mediterranean Gull late morning at the end of Stank Lane. Also a pair of Mandarins unusual here. (Andy Jayne).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Whelford pools this afternoon two Mute Swans, four Goosanders (2m, 2f), 13 Gadwalls, 24 Shovelers, 19 Tufted Ducks, five Teal, 11 Coots, five Mallards, three Moorhens, two Great Crested Grebes, 25 Cormorants, 41 Black-headed Gulls, three Grey Herons, a female Kingfisher, a female Reed Bunting, two Greenfinches, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, six Chaffinches, eight Dunnocks, three Long-tailed Tits and two Cetti’s Warblers. Also a male Muntjac ran off from outside the hide. (John Fletcher).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening five Canada Geese, 550 Wigeon, five Gadwalls, 500 Teal, 30 Mallards, 230+ Pintails, 19 Shovelers, seven Tufted Ducks, a Pochard, a Great Crested Grebe, a Little Grebe, a Cormorant, a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, 15 Coots, two Oystercatchers,40 Lapwings, ten Black-tailed Godwits, two Redshanks, hundreds of gulls, Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed and Herring, with a few Common, landing on the water, but mostly moving on to the estuary after a wash and brush up, a Pied Wagtail and two Carrion Crows today. (Mike Smart).

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park, a Brambling, second garden record in 38 years, c12 Siskins around back gardens and the Cheltenham Junior College grounds and a Blackcap and Mistle Thrush both singing. (Kim & Steve Brown).

Halmore     Garden birds today included a female Brambling in a group of Chaffinches. (Chris Newton).

Brambling by Chris Newton

Aylburton     A singing Chiffchaff in Sandford Road, first record here this year. Also c50 Goldfinches. (Jonny Gentle).

Hucclecote    This morning a male Sparrowhawk in the garden and this afternoon a Herring Gull landed in the garden and ate birdseed from the ground feeder. (Harold Smith).

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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